Martin Yan

Promoting Chinese cuisine, making it easy for the cook and tasty for the guests has been his life-long mission.

Martin's Bio

"Yan Can Cook, So Can You!" has always been the motto of Martin Yan, chef extraordinaire and popular television host recognized from Shanghai to San Francisco. Promoting Chinese cuisine, making it easy for the cook and tasty for the guests has been his life-long mission. Born in Guangzhou in Southern China, Chef Yan is technically a second generation 'culinarian,' who was first inspired by his mother in the tiny kitchen of their family restaurant.

After receiving his formal restaurant training in Hong Kong, Chef Yan immigrated to Calgary, Canada where on one snowy day he was asked to appear in a daytime news program to demonstrate Chinese cooking. The rest, as they say, was television history. From that small station in Canada, the Yan Can Cook Show grew to become one of the most popular cooking programs on public television, both in North America and on the global stage. It has won the James Beard Award for Best Food Documentary Show for two consecutive seasons.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Martin has remained an active international food ambassador. He roams the world respresenting different commercial and social concerns to entertain and educate the public, sharing with them his unique humor and strong passion for Chinese cooking.

Speaking Topics

During Chef Yan's long career, he has been asked to perform and speak at various venues -- from women's groups, spouse programs, commencement programs to being a corporate spokesperson or MC at major fundraising events. We work closely with our clients and try to be flexible in meeting their specific requests and guidelines.

The following are a list of topics that Chef Yan has offered:

Cuisines of China, from Traditional to Extreme
Illustrious China: Shanghai to SFO
Explore the many cuisines of China through travel and research, and how those cuisines are shared these with American diners through Chef Yan’s television shows, restaurants, presentations.
The challenges of being a pioneer in the culinary field and overcoming adversity as an Asian-American
"A Fork in the Road" – The path taken to career success
"Media and the Chef" - Tips for chefs when in the public eye (eg. At personal appearances, panel discussions, face-to-face interviews)
"Television and the Chef" - Experiences and suggestions offered to up and coming chefs who want to be on television (or have their own cooking show)
Cooking presentation - educating the audience about Chinese ingredients, cooking and culture and entertaining them at the same time


Here are just a few of Martin's videos.

Taste of Vietnam - Show Trailer

Books and Publications

Chef Yan's newest companion volume to the latest public television series, Martin Yan's China.


An ideal introduction to Asian cooking with a wok-full of great tips and techniques, as well as more than 150 easy 30-minute recipes!


Entertaining at Home-bilingual is a collection of special recipes from many of Chef Yan's home favorites and personal recipes from his friends.


Cooking at Home-bilingual is a collection of special recipes from many master chefs working with Chef Yan.


Walking around with Martin Yan in San Francisco Chinatown is kind of like hanging out with the Pope in Rome. Outside a packed neighborhood grocery, one woman's eyes light up. "I just saw you on TV!" she chirps, waving excitedly...If you've been without a TV for the past 40 years, you might not be familiar with the phenomenon that is Martin Yan... The energy of today's crowd, young and old, invigorates Yan. Nearly four decades after he arrived, he's still fascinated by the neighborhood.
-Bonnie Tsui /"Made in Chinatown" -Sunset Magazine, 2015

Before the 3,600 TV episodes, the two dozen cookbooks, or the many restaurants (including M.Y. China in San Francisco), Martin Yan was a guy who worked magic with a knife.
-Elaine Johnson/ "A Cut Above" -Sunset Magazine, 2014

.....Yan displays every bit of the contagious energy, humor, and enthusiasm that he does on his famed cooking shows for PBS ("Yan Can Cook," which has been running since 1978, and "Martin Yan-Quick & Easy"). He is just as much a showman as he is a master chef.
-Stephanie Lingle Beasley / Gentry Magazine (Bay Area, San Francisco)

Yan Can Cook: Martin Yan demystified the cuisine of an entire hemisphere, demanding Americans not only embrace Asian food, but cook it as well. And he did it with a clever twinkle in his eye.
John Devore, "10 Greatest Cooking Shows of All Time", 2009

.... this multifaceted man has come full circle, not only keeping up with the changing culinary landscape in America, but also catering to the masses in his native China.
-Amanda Gold / San Francisco Chronicle

Booking Info

Booking Martin Yan for your event is easy. Here is the information you need to know:

Booking Fees

Speaking Fee Range
* $15,000 to $25,000 (U.S. only)


Travels from San Francisco, California


To check on Martin Yan's availability for your event, please call Jaki Baskow at 702.547.5101 or send an email to info@lasvegasspeakersbureau.

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