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Martin Yan Quotes


A Chinese-born American chef and the host of the award-winning US national cooking show Yan Can Cook.
(1948 - )

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A lot of people don't enjoy their job, they may even hate it, but I am lucky enough to be able to make a living through my passion.
 

Anyone that has come to America past the age of eighteen will be able to understand when I say that you can never shake your accent.
 

As long as the food is well prepared and not overdone, I think it tastes good. It doesn't matter if it's Chinese, Japanese, anything.
 

At thirteen, when I arrived in Hong Kong after leaving China, I made a living by working in a restaurant.
 

Because normally with Western cuisine, you'll serve vegetables separate from the meat, so kids will eat the meat and never touch the vegetables.
 

Chinese culture has a lot of virtues that are tremendously valuable to not only us as Asian-Americans, but also the world in general.
 

First of all, I can't really claim to be a great chef.
 

Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.
 

I also have a lot of preserved foods, things that will keep for a long time like dried fish, seaweed or lotus seed.
 

I am just a normal professional with a great job and a great life.
 

I can represent my culture while helping not only the Chinese-American community, but also the community at large.
 

I don't like to waste anything. Any food left over from the night before is always eaten the next day.
 

I enjoy the quiet life.
 

I have a lot of cooking tools. In fact I have a whole drawer full of knives. Cooking tools, especially cutlery, are my toys.
 

I live a very low-key life.
 

I normally don't eat junk food.
 

I remember when I was in college, I used to watch Julia Child's cooking show during dinner and joke with my roommates about becoming a TV chef.
 

I think a lot of times it's not money that's the primary motivation factor; it's the passion for your job and the professional and personal satisfaction that you get out of doing what you do that motivates you.
 

I think being famous is more of a hindrance, a constraint, than just letting yourself be free.
 

I've never considered myself a celebrity or even part of the entertainment business. I'm a cooking teacher.
 


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