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Martin Yan’s Chinatowns – Chinatown Markets

Martin Yan is a Chinese-born Hong Kong-American chef and food writer. He has hosted his award-winning PBS-TV cooking show Yan Can Cook since 1982. With ancestral roots in Taishan, Guangdong, China, Yan was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, to a restaurateur father and a grocer mother. Yan began to cook at the age of 12. He moved to Hong Kong when he was 13, and attended the Munsang College in Kowloon City, Hong Kong. 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.

Each episode of MARTIN YAN’S CHINATOWNS II is a culinary kaleidoscope that brings the sights, sounds and flavors of Chinatowns around the world into viewers’ homes. With his signature enthusiasm and insider’s perspective, Martin visits private homes and exotic markets, all-night tea shops and some of the most sophisticated restaurants anywhere. Back in his studio kitchen, Martin demonstrates the finer points of preparing his favorite Chinese foods, demystifying the recipes step-by-step, and showing them to be truly accessible. 


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