The San Mateo County Historical Association is pleased to announce that Chef Martin Yan ("Yan Can Cook") is its 2020 San Mateo County History Maker. Chef Yan is being honored for promoting Asian style food and teaching its preparation to millions of people through his television shows, cookbooks and other media.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take place online on September 24. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. and include a cooking demonstration by Chef Yan, a live auction and the San Mateo County History Makers Eagle Award presentation to Chef Yan. As a special treat, this year’s master of ceremonies will be Emmy-nominated TV/radio personality, “Dining Around” host, Joel Riddell. Our auctioneer will be Warriors "hype man" Franco Finn.
The Historical Association believes Chef Yan will make a terrific History Maker because:
- He has hosted over 3,000 cooking shows around the world, including four decades of his Yan Can Cook show on public television.
- He has authored 30 cookbooks, including the award-winning Martin Yan’s Feast, Martin Yan’s Chinatown Cooking, Martin Yan’s Quick + Easy and Martin Yan’s China.
- Teaching is dear to the heart of Chef Yan. He has been a popular guest instructor at top culinary institutions around the world.
- Chef Yan is a prolific restaurateur. San Francisco’s M.Y. China is one of his recent projects.
- Based in San Mateo, Chef Yan is an internationally recognized culinary ambassador.
For 18 years, the Historical Association has hosted the San Mateo County History Makers Event, which highlights an individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to our regional history and beyond. Previous honorees have been the T. Jack Foster Family, Gordon Moore, Ann Johnson, Dr. Thomas Fogarty, the Borel Family, the Lane Family, the Roth Family, the Crocker Family, Keith Sorenson with Jim Fox, Willie Mays, William K. Bowes, Jr. with Reid W. Dennis, William H. Draper and Pitch Johnson, Y.A. Tittle, Pete and Paula Uccelli, the Wisnom Family, Tad Taube, Jon Miller and last year’s recipient, Lennie Roberts, for her work over 50 years in defending the natural environment of the San Francisco Peninsula.