Martin Yan

Martin YanMartin Yan is a talented chef and food writer. He has hosted more than 2000 cooking shoes. He is known for his consultancy and writing skills. He has also published many cookbooks. Many of his cookbooks have received awards. He was born in Guangzhou and since his childhood showed extreme interest in cooking. He worked with a famous Hong Kong restaurant as a trainee. Then he went to study in the Hong Kong’s Overseas Institute of Cookery. His television career began in 1979. He has also received many awards and accolades. His fame is recognized internationally.  He has also taught at different culinary institutions. He also runs restaurants. These restaurants are mainly known for their pan Asian Menus.
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Born: December 22, 1948 (age 66), Guangzhou, China
Spouse: Susan Yan
Movies and TV shows: Yan Can Cook, Rice Rhapsody, Martin Yan’s Chinatown Cooking, Yan Can Cook: The Best of China
Occupation: Chef and food writer
Children: Devin Yan, Colin Yan
Nationality: American, Hong Kong
Cooking style: Canto
Education: Munsang College, Overseas Institute of Cookery 

The only thing that counts is if you know how to prepare your ingredients. Even if with the best and freshest ingredients in the world, if your dish is tasteless or burnt, it's ruined.

Just like if you were brought up on a farm, you would most likely carry on your father's business as a farmer; I was brought up in the kitchen and ended up becoming a chef.

The problem with a lot of Chinese is that they put up divisions between Taiwanese, Hong Kong natives, mainlanders. We are never united. I really hope that the Chinese can be more united.

Why is America such a great country. It is because we stand united.

Well, you know, if you get into the profession because you think you can make a lot of money, you can never become successful.

I have a lot of cooking tools. In fact I have a whole drawer full of knives. Cooking tools, especially cutlery, are my toys.

I can represent my culture while helping not only the Chinese-American community, but also the community at large.

Because normally with Western cuisine, you'll serve vegetables separate from the meat, so kids will eat the meat and never touch the vegetables.

As long as the food is well prepared and not overdone, I think it tastes good. It doesn't matter if it's Chinese, Japanese, anything.


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