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Blind Cooking On MasterChef Season 3

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Christine Ha

Season 3 of MasterChef has only just begun on FOX  but it is already in the news! No, it isn’t Judge Gordon Ramsay’s sarcastic comments or fiery temper that have hooked the viewers. On the contrary, it is a contestants who will have all eyes on her when she begins to compete in earnest. Ironically, Christine Ha, the competitor in question is visually impaired!

 

A mere physical disability isn’t about to stop Christine from becoming a Master Chef though! The plucky graduate student from Texas was diagnosed with a rare ailment of the central nervous system called “Neuromyelitis Optica”, which has left her unable to see since 2003. However, Christine has overcome all challenges. She is determined to try her luck in the cooking competition and will rely on her other heightened senses to help her cook.  The 33 year old competitor is confident in her abilities. For example, she says, "I'll know if a piece of meat is close to being done by how it feels against my hand or utensils."  Handling a knife is no ordeal for the determined amateur cook either. She claims that she can get the cut absolutely right and has only cut herself once since losing her eyesight.

 

Judges Elliot and Joe Bastianich were awestruck by her determination. Bastianich found her to be extremely inspirational as well. Elliot seemed to echo Bastianich's words, stating that "Her palate is more refined than anyone in the kitchen. So what was a possible downside has turned into a positive for her."  The duo also feel that Christine has paved the way for future blind chefs to try their hand at cooking competitions.

 

Christine Ha has earned her white apron, and is now one of the top 100 contestants out of the original 30,000 hopefuls. She is happy that the judges were completely fair, giving her both praise and criticism while judging her dish.

 

I don't know about you, but I think that Christine is in an advantageous position as she won't be intimidated by Chef Ramsay’s bright red face and menacing expression when cooking! MasterChef 3 is surely going to be interesting this season. What do you think?

 

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