The wide ranging episodes showcase a multi-faceted look at China today as well as its deeply rooted culinary traditions. Chef Yan reveals the sheer diversity of the people, regions and regional cooking that is as equally vast as the country itself.
In his travels through China, Chef Yan encounters many people of every province, from shopkeepers to chefs, fishermen to farmers. They share their knowledge and anecdotes, their love of country and their love of food with an immediacy never before seen on American television. Chef Yan travels across wide expanses to bring viewers the cacophony of an urban market, lonely stretches of farmland, cloud-ringed mountains and deep valleys, bustling malls and crowded streets – all linked to food and the cooking lesson that sets the central theme.
In Martin Yan’s China, Chef Yan devotes half of the show to exploring China and everything it has to offer and the other half to the kitchen. Chef Yan visits Beijing, the home of Mandarin cuisine; Chongqing, home of Sichuan cuisine; Guangzhou, home of Cantonese cuisine; Shanghai, Xian and many more.