A GE Monogram Culinary Experience with Chef Martin Yan

Culinary Experience with GE Monogram by Chef Martin Yan

Chef Martin Yan, the celebrated who hosted over 3,000 cooking shows, broadcast worldwide, a distinction certified Master Chef, a highly respected food consultant, a cooking instructor and a prolific author was in Kuala Lumpur for a series of cooking and culinary exoerience and it was his first time cooking in Kuala Lumpur just over the weekend and I got to the chance sitting in one of his cooking class thanks to GE Monogram.

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His diverse talents have found expression in 30 cookbooks, including the award-winning Martin Yan’s Feast, Martin Yan’s Asian Favorites, Chinese Cooking for Dummies, Martin Yan’s Chinatown Cooking (intro by Julia Child), Martin Yan’s Quick & Easy, and his latest, Martin Yan’s China (a cookbook that documents his travels throughout the far reaches of China, and his culinary discoveries), just awesome!

Born in Guangzhou, China, to a restaurateur father and a mother who operated a grocery store, Chef Martin Yan possessed a passion for cooking at an early age. His formal induction into the culinary world began at age thirteen, with an apprenticeship at a popular Hong Kong restaurant. He refined his natural talent at the Overseas Institute of Cookery in Hong Kong, and then pursued an MS in Food Science at The University of California/Davis in the US. He discovered a flair for teaching when he became an instructor in the university’s extension program. In 1978, he pioneered a daily TV Chinese cooking show: the now classic “Yan Can Cook.” Infusing lessons with his characteristic warmth, humor and vitality, he quickly won a devoted following. He developed the show’s format into a culinary travelogue, featuring culinary hot spots throughout Asia.
A valued instructor at top culinary institutions, Chef Yan has taught at The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales University, The California Culinary Academy and The Chinese Cuisine Institute in Hong Kong. In 1985, he founded the Yan Can Cooking School in California and in 2007 founded The Martin Yan Culinary Arts Center, a unique international culinary academy for professional chefs in Shenzhen, China. Also a restaurateur, his Yan Can and SensAsian Restaurants offer inventive pan-Asian menus.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Chef Yan is internationally recognized as an accomplished chef among his peers. He has also captured the attention, admiration and hearts of millions of fans by spicing his cooking artistry and teaching with a personal ingredient: wit. Via television or in person, a session with Chef Yan proves invigorating as well as educational. Dedicated to dispelling the mysteries of Asian cooking, Yan furthers an understanding of these excellent cuisines, and the cultures that created them, with spirited lessons, fun and entertainment.


  • November 26, 2009 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    I love his presentation, with a pinch of humour while teaching cooking ….love!!!
    .-= SimpleGirl´s last blog ..Wanton Mee@ Kheng Hai Jln Yau Tet Shin, Ipoh =-.

  • November 26, 2009 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    Yan can cook! His showmanship was awesome! Kept the crowd alive and laughing. Enjoyed it very much!!!
    .-= iamthewitch´s last blog ..Hong Kong Day 4 – Citygate Complex, Symphony of Lights and Avenue of Stars =-.

  • November 26, 2009 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    awwwwwww surprised indeed.
    .-= xin´s last blog ..Movie Review: Jump (???) =-.

  • November 26, 2009 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    One of my mum’s favourite cookshow back in the 90’s.
    Wok with Yan and Yan can Cook.
    .-= J2Kfm´s last blog ..Tanjung Tualang Prawns @ Luen Fong Restaurant =-.

  • November 26, 2009 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

    damm funny guy !~

    luckily can make it to see him~
    .-= taufulou´s last blog ..Restaurant Goon Wah @ Kuchai Lama =-.

  • November 26, 2009 - 6:51 pm | Permalink

    thanks for inviting Sid! It’s a shame to miss it tho… oops ;P
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Come discover Oban, Argyll @ Scotland, UK =-.

  • November 28, 2009 - 1:18 am | Permalink

    I’m so jealous!
    .-= pigpigscorner´s last blog ..A Room in the Town, Edinburgh =-.

  • November 28, 2009 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    A great opportunity seeing him demonstrating right before your eyes!
    .-= ck lam´s last blog ..Jade Blossom Restaurant @ Krystal Point, Penang =-.

  • November 29, 2009 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    Wow the Pan Fried Cod with Oriental Salsa looks damn goood!!
    .-= christock´s last blog ..Excuse me for slight hiatus, I’ve been busy saving the world! =-.

  • November 30, 2009 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I like his show a lot …. been a fan of his since childhood
    .-= email2me´s last blog ..International Celebrity Chef Martin Yen Cooking Live in KL Starhill Gallery =-.

  • November 30, 2009 - 9:18 pm | Permalink

    I love watching “Yan Can Cook” shows. He makes cooking look so easy and interesting to novice like me. Must be a great moment to witness his cooking demonstration. 😉
    .-= food-4tots´s last blog ..Chicken with hoisin sauce =-.

  • December 1, 2009 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I like to watch his cooking program in TV since I’m a child, but now seem like no more showing dy..why ar?
    .-= mimid3vils´s last blog ..Angel…………..or Devil? =-.

  • December 2, 2009 - 1:13 am | Permalink

    So that’s Martin Yan. Haha!
    .-= Jason´s last blog ..Holidaying With Wendy – In Ipoh =-.

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