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Martin Yan

"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.


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


"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.

Speech 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

Speaker Fee Range

$15,000 to $25,000

Travels From

Travels from San Francisco, California

Video Gallery

Martin Yan's China: Ancient Pingyao, Part One

Life Stories: Chef Martin Yan | NBC Asian America

Martin Yan's China: Taiyuan Snack Forest

Martin Yan's China: Roadside Restaurant

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