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After more than 3,000 episodes, Martin Yan still manages to say his catchphrase, “If Yan can cook, so can you!” with as much enthusiasm as when he started his show in 1981. Thanks to his bad puns and awe-inspiring knife skills, by 1997 Yan was watched in more than 76 countries. He was christened the "the most watched cooking show in the world," and and will "tell you that his TV show reaches hundreds of millions of viewers."
Although Yan is certainly not the only reason Chinese food became a more respected cuisine in America, Yan did introduce a large audience to it long before the average household stocked soy sauce.
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