Celebrity Chef Martin Yan to Offer Free Cooking Demonstrations at Saratoga and Morgan Hill Libraries

Media Advisory
January 23, 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

WHAT: Celebrated Master Chef Martin Yan will host a free Chinese cuisine cooking demonstration at two local libraries.    Hear from Chef Yan himself as he shares preparation and cooking techniques, discusses common ingredients and seasonings to use in different dishes and imparts valuable cooking hints.  Just in time for the Lunar New Year, Chef Yan will discuss festive dishes to prepare during the Year of the Rooster.  Exemplifying his “Yan Can Cook, So Can You!” motto, Yan is known for his life-long mission of promoting Chinese cuisine and his passion for teaching others the joy of cooking. 

WHO: Master Chef Martin Yan


    • Saratoga Library
      13650 Saratoga Ave.
      Saratoga, CA 95070
      (408) 867-6126
      Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
    • Morgan Hill Library 660 W. Main Avenue
      Morgan Hill, CA 95037
      (408) 779-3196
      Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 3 p.m.

ABOUT: Master Chef Martin Yan:  Born in Guangzhou, Southern China, Yan was first inspired by his mother while spending time with her in the tiny kitchen of their family restaurant. After completing formal restaurant training in Hong Kong, Yan immigrated to Calgary, Canada. It was in Calgary where he made his first appearance on a daytime news program to demonstrate Chinese cooking.  An instant hit with local viewers, Yan continues to inspire audiences around the world.  He has hosted over 3,000 cooking shows broadcast worldwide and is one of the most recognizable Asian chefs in the world.  Yan holds a Master’s degree in Food Science from the University of California Davis, a degree in cooking from the Chinese Cuisine Institute in Hong Kong as well as honorary degrees from Johnson and Wales University.  He was certified as a Grand Master Chinese Chef from the Ontario Restaurant Association, Canada, is the author of over 30 cook books,  has been a commencement speaker for various prestigious culinary institutions and his popular cooking shows have won the James Beard Award for Best Food Documentary Show for two consecutive seasons.  He continues his lifetime mission to promote Chinese cuisine through his cooking shows, personal appearances and restaurants in China and North America. 

The event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.  Several of Yan’s cookbooks and merchandise will be available for purchase and signing following the demonstration.  Light refreshments will be served.

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