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Famous Chinese Americans Culinary Arts

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Joyce Chen

b. 1917, China
d. 1994

Hosted a Chinese cooking show on public television in the 1970s. Also owned a successful restaurant in Cambridge, MA and published a number of cookbooks. Later on started Joyce Chen Products to market her own line of cooking utensils and specialty foods.
Ming Tsai

b. 1964, Newport Beach, CA

Celebrated chef of Blue Ginger, his East-West fusion restaurant in Boston.  He is also the host of the East Meets West cooking show on the Food Network, an Emmy Award winner. He's written two cookbooks: 

  • Blue Ginger: East Meets West Cooking With Ming Tsai
  • Simply Ming
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Martin Yan


b. 1949, Guangzhou

Host of Yan Can Cook, a popular and entertaining Chinese cooking show on PBS since 1982. He's also hosting Martin Yan's Chinatown, where he visits Chinatown's around the world. He is a guest chef instructor at several professional cooking school. He recently opened his own chain of Yan Can restaurants. He's the author of two dozen cookbooks, including:

  • Martin Yan's Chinatown Cooking,
  • Martin Yan's Feast: The Best of Yan Can Cook
  • Chinese Cooking For Dummies
  • Favorite Recipes from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Japan
  • Martin Yan's Asian Favorites: From Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand
  • Martin Yan's Culinary Journey Through China