Martin Yan

Martin Yan

December 2004
Born 22 December 1948 (1948-12-22) (age 62)
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Cooking style Chinese, mainly Cantonese
Education Munsang College, Overseas Institute of Cookery of Hong Kong, University of California, Davis
Official website
Martin Yan
Traditional Chinese 甄文達
Simplified Chinese 甄文达

Martin Yan (Chinese: ; born 22 December 1948) is a Chinese-born American chef and the host of the award-winning cooking show Yan Can Cook.


Early years and education

With ancestral roots in Kaiping, Guangdong, China, Yan was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, to a restaurateur father and a grocer mother, Yan began to cook at 12. He moved to Hong Kong when he was 13, and attended the Munsang College in Kowloon City. During this time in Munsang College, he worked at his uncle's Chinese restaurant and learned about the traditional method of Chinese barbecue there. 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, Calgary talk show in 1978 (on CFAC-TV, now CICT-TV). He has hosted over 1,500 episodes of the PBS cooking shows Yan Can Cook since 1982. His shows have been broadcast in over 50 countries.[1] He currently hosts Martin Yan - Quick & Easy. He also hosts Martin Yan's Chinatown Cooking 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 the San Francisco Bay Area. He has written over two dozen cookbooks.[1] The American Culinary Federation has designated him a Master Chef.

Yan is one of the lead actors of the Hong Kong film Rice Rhapsody (海南雞飯, 2005).

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.

Television appearances


  • Chinese Recipes (1978)
  • The Joy of Wokking (1978)
  • Martin Yan's Feast: The Best of Yan Can Cook
  • Chinese Cooking for Dummies
  • Martin Yan's Asian Favorites
  • Martin Yan's Quick and Easy
  • Martin Yan's Chinatowns
  • Martin Yan's Culinary Journey Through China
  • Martin Yan's Asia
  • Martin Yan's Entertainment At-Home
  • Martin Yan the Chinese Chef
  • Martin Yan's Invitation to Chinese Cooking
  • Martin Yan's Feast


See also


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Martin Yan - Quick & Easy — Infobox Television show name = Yan Can Cook caption = Host Martin Yan, December 2004 show name 2 = genre = Cooking show creator = writer = director = creat director = developer = presenter = starring = Martin Yan voices = narrated = theme music… …   Wikipedia

  • Yan — may refer to: * Martin Yan, host of Yan Can Cook * Cantonese transcription of Chinese surname 甄. Created for Naming taboo. Emperor Ming of Han has a given name of Zhuang, and he renamed the Zhuang surname to Yan. * State of Yan, a state in China… …   Wikipedia

  • Yan Can Cook — Infobox Television show name = Yan Can Cook caption = Host Martin Yan, December 2004 show name 2 = genre = Cooking show creator = writer = director = creat director = developer = presenter = starring = Martin Yan voices = narrated = theme music… …   Wikipedia

  • Martin Kamburov — Personal information Date of birth October 13, 1980 (1980 10 13) (age 31) Place of birth …   Wikipedia

  • Martin Woesler — | Martin Woesler (* 29. September 1969 in Münster, Germany) is a German sinologist, cultural scientist and translator of Chinese literature. He is Professor of Intercultural Communication with the University of Applied Languages, Munich, Germany …   Wikipedia

  • Martin Gruber (Choreograf) — Martin Gruber (* 1957) Regisseur, Choreograf und Bewegungslehrer für Darstellende Künstler. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Biographie 1.1 Pädagogische Arbeit 1.1.1 Die Gruber Methode der Schauspielausbildung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Martín Edwin García — Martín García Personal information Full name Martín Edwin García Díaz Date of birth 2 March 1981 ( …   Wikipedia

  • Martin Roscoe — (3 August 1952 – ) is an English classical pianist. He teaches piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Department of Keyboard Studies. He performs as a concerto soloist, as a recitalist and as a chamber musician.[1] Contents 1… …   Wikipedia

  • Martin Lee — For other people named Martin Lee, see Martin Lee (disambiguation). Martin Lee 李柱銘 Chairman of the Democratic Party In office 2 October 1994 – 2 December 2002 …   Wikipedia

  • Yan Stastny — Vereinigte Staaten Yan Stastny Personenbezogene Informationen Geburtsdatum 30. September 1982 Geburtsort Québec City …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.