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Martin Yan is often credited with being a celebrity chef before the concept even existed.
His long-running cooking program “Yan Can Cook” made its debut on PBS in 1982, joining a television roster that featured the likes of Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. But it wasn’t long before Yan, with his witty humor and bright personality, cemented himself as one of the greats. He introduced many Americans to the world of Chinese cooking at home, ending each episode with a smile and his signature motto: “If Yan can cook, so can you!”
Since then, Yan has hosted more than 1,500 episodes of the James Beard Award-winning show and released numerous cookbooks.
Recently, the Shop TODAY team called on the accomplished chef to ask him…