James Beard Awards 2022: Chef Martin Yan Receives Prestigious Award | Peninsula Gourmet | The Peninsula Foodist

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By Julia Brown

Martin Yan will present plant-based dishes and induction cooktops for festive tables at an event on November 7, 2021. Photo courtesy of Yan Can Cook.

Acclaimed chef and TV personality Martin Yan has received the James Beard Foundation’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual “whose lifetime of work has had a positive and lasting impact on the way we eat, cook and/or think.” about food in America,” according to the foundation.

Yan, a San Mateo resident, began cooking on television in 1978. His show “Yan Can Cook” has produced 3,500 episodes and aired in more than 50 countries, the James Beard Foundation said in a statement. He was nominated and selected by a foundation committee.

“For four decades, the Yan Can Cook Show has allowed me to travel to incredible places and meet unforgettable people around the world,” Yan said in a statement. “My heart is more than filled to accept this special award from the James Beard Foundation. This is the pinnacle of our profession and, for me, a validation of my entire career. This is the absolute experience of my life. Thanks.”

Last fall, Yan appeared at an event with fellow Bay Area chefs, showcasing some of her favorite plant-based dishes spoke in an interview with The Six Fifty on the importance of adapting cooking techniques to climate change.

“Part of the solution is to reduce meat consumption,” Yan said. “In the end you have to find a way. The world is changing and we have to adapt to it.”
The James Beard Foundation will recognize this year’s restaurant and chef awards winners at a ceremony June 13 in Chicago.

Disclosure: An Embarcadero Media employee is part of the voting panel for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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