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Martin Yan
1948 -
Nationality: Chinese
Category: Celebrity

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.


You don't have to show people how successful you are.


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


When I retire or pass away, I will be able to look back and say that this has been an exciting life. That's all that matters.


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


I enjoy the quiet life.


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.


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.


Soy sauce is really a multi-purpose seasoning.


Why is America such a great country. It is because we stand united.


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


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


The hoopla, the applause, the praises have never excited me.


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


You can do almost anything with soup stock, it's like a strong foundation. When you have the right foundation, everything tastes good.


Just like if you were brought up on a farm, you would most likely carry on your father's business as a farmer; I was brought up in the kitchen and ended up becoming a chef.


I normally don't eat junk food.


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


Well, you know, if you get into the profession because you think you can make a lot of money, you can never become successful.


When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play.


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