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Olivia Wilder

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The host of the globally syndicated Chinese-cooking show Yan Can Cook, and author of more than 30 cookbooks—including Chinese Cooking for Dummies—sits down at Olivia Wilder’s dinner table to discuss his passion for the culinary arts. The celebrated host of over 3,000 cooking shows, broadcast worldwide, Martin Yan enjoys distinction as a certified Master Chef, a highly respected food consultant, a cooking instructor and a prolific author. His diverse talents have found expression in 30 cookbooks.

Born in Guangzhou, China, to a restaurateur father and a mother who operated a grocery store, Chef 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.

Chef Yan, as a valued instructor worldwide, has taught at the C.I.A., The California Culinary Academy, and The Chinese Cuisine Institute in Hong Kong, In 1985, he found the YanCan Cooking School in California, and in 2007, the Martin Yan Culinary Arts Center in Shenzhen, China. His "Yan Can" and "SensAsian" restaurants offer inventive pan-Asian menus.