Mai-Yan Katherine Kwan

Mai-Yan Katherine Kwan

Biography: Mai-Yan Katherine Kwan grew up in Quebec City, Canada, the product of Chinese and French Canadian parents. Both cultures are very food-centric, which helped develop her palate early on (for her 8th birthday party she requested foie gras and ice cream cake). Her first experiences outdoors were at her grandparents’ house in the Quebec countryside; the nearby forest and river became her personal sanctuary fostering a great sense of play and adventure. When Mai-Yan moved to California to attend art school, the freshness and year-round availability of produce expanded her cooking arena, and her thinking about food turned more serious. She became obsessed with documenting family recipes, and even designed a cookbook of traditional Chinese recipes after weeks of shadowing her grandma and dad while they cooked. At the same time, she rediscovered camping and cycling, and slowly became a rock climber and hiker. A graphic designer, Mai-Yan also teaches at Art Center College of Design and travels as much as possible. Recent adventures include snorkeling in the Galapagos and sleeping in the Amazonian treetops of Brazil. • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA • Quote: “I’m very detail oriented, which is ideal for my graphic design career, and for a perfectly chopped salad.”

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