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Trevor James

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Trevor James
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Trevor James and The Food Ranger
Personal information
BornBorn in 1988 (age 29)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
ResidenceChengdu, Sichuan, China
OccupationYouTube personality, food and travel vlogger
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
YouTube information
Created byTrevor James, Ting Ting
Years active2013 – present
GenreFood and travel
Subscribers3.2+ million
(January 8, 2018)
Total views429+ million
Catchphrase(s)Tai Hao Le!
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Trevor James, also known as "The Food Ranger" on YouTube, is a Canadian-born food and travel vlogger and YouTube personality. He is famous for his street food tours on YouTube, which have been viewed over 429 million times. Trevor started filming his food and travel videos in March 2013 and his channel has since grown to have over 3.2 million subscribers as of July 2019.


Trevor James was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Growing up, he loved spending time in nature and the outdoors, often going snowboarding in the mountains with his friends and family. Trevor’s parents were passionate about cooking and loved trying different cuisines from all around the world. His early upbringing and curiosity for tasting new foods would later have a profound impact on his life. When he was 13, he moved to Calgary, Alberta, where he would spend the rest of his teenage years.

After graduating high school, Trevor took two gap years to travel. During the summer after graduation, he saved up $5,000 CAD working a summer job and spent 4 months in South East Asia. In his downtime, he would go snowboarding in Whistler, British Columbia, while during the summer he worked as a hiking and outdoor tour guide.[1] at a seasonal all-inclusive resort.

From 2008 to 2014, Trevor attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) studying Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation[2]. At university, he spent a lot of time exploring new cuisines in Vancouver, a city known for its ethnic and linguistic diversity. In Trevor’s sophomore year, he decided to move to China and pursue his passion for travelling, eating, and sharing his love for food with the world. In September 2014, he officially moved to Chengdu, China, where his YouTube Channel, The Food Ranger, was born and is currently based.

YouTube career[edit]

Trevor James began shooting his first YouTube videos in early 2013 while he embarked on a four-month trip from Singapore to Beijing[1]. Since then, he has filmed food and travel videos in Malaysia, India, Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Mexico, among others. One of Trevor's first Food Ranging episodes was shot at hawker stalls in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur back in June 2014. At that time, his channel had about 2,000 subscribers and five years later, it has reached an audience of over 3.2 million subscribers as of July 2019.[3]

When Trevor first moved to China, he was pursuing a Master’s degree in Business and International Trade at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. He spent his first couple of years in China giving private English lessons to students in order to fund his YouTube channel and create content. In 2015, while travelling in Istanbul, Turkey, Trevor met his soon to be fiancé, Ting Ting, who is now part of the Food Ranging production team.

In August 2016, Trevor dropped out of his Master’s program and enrolled in the Higher Institute of Cuisine at the Sichuan Tourism College. But, he only spent one term there before dropping out, after realizing that he could not keep up with creating videos and studying at the same time. After dropping out of culinary school, Trevor officially decided to pursue YouTube full-time.

Ting Ting also quit her job as an English teacher’s assistant and has dedicated herself full-time behind the camera to help film and edit. In September 2016, Trevor also announced that him and Ting Ting would be welcoming subscribers to their home in Chengdu as part of couchsurfing.

In October 2017, The Food Ranger reached a milestone of 1 million subscribers. Some of Trevor’s most popular videos are his Street Food Tour videos in Mumbai and Old Delhi, India as well as his in Xi’an and Beijing videos. Trevor gained YouTube popularity for tasting local street food and hole-in-the-wall food joints in communities across Asia. During his travels, he has eaten many unusual foods including live coconut worms, rabbit head, rainbow lobster, durian hot pot, bull penis soup, and Quail Egg Balut. Trevor's eccentric videos continue to reach an international audience and attracts fans from countries all over the world. In June 2017, The Food Ranger was listed in that's Shanghai magazine's "5 China-Based Youtubers You Need to Be Following"[4].


In October 2017, Trevor James announced that The Food Ranger launched Tai Hao Le merchandise. This line of clothing inherited its name from Trevor James’s most infamous catchphrase, which he says in almost all of his videos: “Tai Hao Le” which means “awesome” in Chinese.


“When you walk in, and witness the locals slurping their noodles in delight, and you see and hear the slap of the noodles before they enter the giant noodle cauldron, you can feel the magic and the soul that is put in each and every bowl of the hand pulled noodles.” -Trevor James[5]

“My main goal here is to share with you the amazing food of the world, and show you that it’s entirely possible for you to travel cheaply, eat well, and pursue a passion and earn a living at the same time through travel.” – Trevor James[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ipe, Ann (2016-09-16). "Trevor, the travel and cuisine hunter". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  2. Golingai, Philip (2017-01-21). "What's not to love about M'sian food?". The Star Online. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  3. Golingai, Philip (2017-01-21). "What's not to love about M'sian food?". The Star Online. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  4. Gidge, Sky (2017-06-12). "5 China-Based Youtubers You Need to Be Following". that's Shanghai. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  5. "People's Daily Comments: Silk Road recipes of Food Ranger from Canada". People's Daily Online. 2017-05-24. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  6. Gidge, Sky (2017-06-12). "5 China-Based Youtubers You Need to Be Following". that's Shanghai. Retrieved 2018-02-12.

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