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Martin Yan

James Beard Award-Winning Chef

Martin Yan, the celebrated host of over 2,000 cooking shows, enjoys distinction as a certified Master Chef, a highly respected food consultant, a professional instructor and a prolific author. In 1978, he pioneered a Chinese cooking TV show: the now classic “Yan Can Cook,” which won a worldwide following introducing viewers to local Asian food and customs. A popular guest-instructor, Chef Yan has taught at the California Culinary Academy, Johnson & Wales University, the Chinese Cuisine Institute in Hong Kong, the Culinary Institute of America, the University of San Francisco and chef training programs across North America. In 1985, he founded the Yan Can International Cooking School. Chef Yan has also won numerous accolades for his work, including a Daytime Emmy Award, two James Beard Awards, a Telly Award, the prestigious Antonin Careme Award, the Courvoisier Leadership Award, membership in Les Disciples D’Auguste Escoffier, and induction into the James Beard Foundation’s D’Artagnan Cervena Who’s Who of Food and Beverage. To this day, Chef Yan is dedicated to dispelling the mysteries of Asian cooking, and furthering an understanding of the cultures that created these cuisines.