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Martin Yan, host of the “Yan Can Cook” show since 1982

by | Oct 30, 2023 | Celebrity Chefs, Entertainment, Gourmet Food, In the Media


Martin Yan, winner of the James Beard Life Time Achievement Award, author and chef for 19 cookbooks and host of the PBS “Yan Can Cook” show since 1982 will be appearing at the Palm Springs Food and Wine Festival November 11 & 12, 2023.

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With ancestral roots in Hoiping, Yan was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China to a restaurateur father and a grocer mother. Yan began to cook at the age of 12. When he was 13, he moved to Hong Kong, where he attended the Munsang College in Kowloon City. During this time in Munsang College, he worked at his uncle’s Chinese restaurant and learned the traditional method of Chinese barbecue. He received a diploma from the Overseas Institute of Cookery of Hong Kong and later left for Canada for continued study. Ten years after his arrival in North America, Yan received a Master of Science degree in food science from University of California, Davis, in 1975.

Yan began teaching Chinese cooking for a college extension program and appearing on a Canadian talk show from Calgary in 1978 (on CFAC-TV, now CICT-DT). He has hosted over 3,500 episodes of the PBS cooking show Yan Can Cook since 1982. His shows have been broadcast in over 50 countries. He currently hosts Martin Yan – Quick & Easy. He also hosts Martin Yan’s Chinatowns, where he tours Chinatowns around the globe as well as “Martin Yan’s Hidden China.”
Yan has opened a chain of Yan Can Restaurants and founded the Yan Can International Cooking School in San Francisco.[2] He has written over two dozen cookbooks. The American Culinary Federation has designated him a Master Chef.

Yan is one of the lead actors of the Singapore/Hong Kong film Rice Rhapsody (海南雞飯, 2005).
In 2007, he supported and endorsed the establishment of the World Association of Master Chefs.
He has appeared as a guest judge on several episodes of Iron Chef America and appeared on the cartoon talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast. He also appeared as a guest judge on the Season 10 finale of Top Chef as well as a Season 11 episode of Hell’s Kitchen.

He is not related to Chinese Canadian chef Stephen Yan of the CBC Television series Wok with Yan, though Martin was an employee and had worked for Stephen Yan in the 1980s as demonstrator for Stephen’s products.

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