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We always try to surprise and delight visitors, employees and patients at Community Regional with the food we serve. That’s part of the reason Morrison Healthcare Food Services, which runs nutrition services at the hospital, is bringing in a celebrity chef this week. Master Chef Martin Yan – yep the “Yan Can Cook” TV show guy – will be visiting Pistachio’s Café in the hospital this Wednesday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
He’s going to be working with our kitchen staff and meeting with hospital guests as part of our debut of an exciting new Asian menu that includes several new offerings, such as crunchy Thai Cucumber Salad, Korean Bulgogi BBQ Beef, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Stir-Fried Rice, and Chai Tea Cup Cakes. We’re super excited since Chef Yan has hosted more than 2,500 cooking shows, broadcasted on PBS and worldwide, and is the author of 26 cookbooks, including cookbooks we sell in Outtakes gift shop in the hospital.
Be sure to come on down to the cafeteria to see Chef Yan’s knife demonstration which begins at 11 a.m. Later in the day he said he’d be available to sign some of his cookbooks for guests and employees.
Our staff is buzzing. Yan is internationally recognized by other chefs and he’s got millions of fans because of his wit and instruction techniques.
Waverly Overton, our executive chef at Community Regional wrote me this: “It’s going to be cool to watch Yan break down a chicken in 17 seconds flat. The exposure for our staff will be a big morale booster; they are going to actually meet and work under one of the most recognized culinary icons in the world. We’re looking forward to learning some techniques that we can apply to our physicians lounge, our Dining on Call Room Service program, and for our catered functions. We have a lot experience in Continental, Southern, and Tex-Mex Cuisines but can use some training in Asian Fusion.'
And Ramon Vega, our executive sous chef at Community Regional, said “I’d love for him to teach us about 100 year old eggs, the history of Chinese cuisine, and his experiences in the culinary world. We’re very excited to host this event.”
We’re lucky to get Chef Yan in Fresno. Morrison’s Corporate Executive Chef Joseph Kraft is actually good friends with Chef Yan and he helps coordinate the Compass Celebrity Chef Series. Compass Group is Morrison’s parent company.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Yan, this is from the bio his people sent:Born in Guangzhou, China, to a restaurateur father and a mother who operated a grocery store, Chef Yan possessed a passion for cooking at an early age. His formal induction into the culinary world began at thirteen, with an apprenticeship at a popular Hong Kong restaurant. He refined his natural talent at the Overseas Institute of Cookery in Hong Kong, then pursued an MS in Food Science at The University of California/Davis in the US. In 1978, he pioneered a daily Chinese cooking show: the now classic “Yan Can Cook.” A valued instructor at top culinary institutions, Chef Yan has taught at The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales University, The California Culinary Academy and The Chinese Cuisine Institute in Hong Kong. In 1985, he founded the Yan Can International Cooking School.
If you can’t make it to the cafeteria on Wednesday be sure to come sample our new Chinese and Asian Fusion offerings in the weeks to come.
Director of Nutrition Services
Community Regional Medical Center