Christine Ha Is MasterChef’s First Blind Contestant — Cô Christine Hà: người mù đầu tiên tham dự một chương trình thi nấu ăn trên TV
Người phụ nữ Việt Nam, 33 tuổi, Cô Christine Hà, bị mù hai mắt đã tham dự cuộc thi nấu ăn MASTER CHEF trên hệ thống truyền hình Fox…
Không thể nào tưởng tượng nổi….
Nay dự thi nấu ăn trên TV, trong chương trình có tên host “hắc ám” Gordon Ramsay…
Không những Cô tài tình, khéo léo…trong nấu nướng …
Cô còn chuyên cần học tập, tiếp tục hòan tất hậu đại học trong năm tới…
Xin chúc Cô Christine Hà thật nhiều may mắn trong cuộc thi…và tương lai…
ONE OF A KIND: Christine Ha is the first blind contestant on Gordan Ramsay’s show
Christine Ha Is MasterChef‘s First Blind Contestant
BY AARON PARSLEY AND LIZA HAMM
Update Monday June 04, 2012 07:45 PM EDTOriginally posted Monday June 04, 2012 08:15 PM EDT
“I have to depend a lot more on the other senses to cook – taste, smell, how certain ingredients feel,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’ll know if a piece of meat is close to being done by how it feels against my hand or utensils.”
Christine, 33, has been diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a condition of the central nervous system that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord.
“The very first bout I had was in 1999,” she says of the condition. “It only happened in one eye then. It didn’t recover completely so I learned to adjust to seeing out of one eye. In 2004, it decreased to the level where I could no longer drive. In 2007, it decreased to where I am now. I have to use a cane to walk around or take somebody’s arm and be guided.”
Christine is ready to prove herself on the show, which premieres Monday (9 p.m. ET) on Fox. “It’s hard to see ingredients,” she says. “I have to figure out by smell and touch if an ingredient is fresh. Cutting with knives – fortunately, I’m pretty careful and I have a proper knife technique. Since I’ve lost my vision, I’ve cut myself once. And it was minor. I’ve never had to get stitches. It’s really about being organized, careful and using my other senses.”
And she won’t be getting any special help from the judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich. “Joe, Gordon and Graham didn’t treat me any differently,” she says. “They told me what was wrong and right with my dish. There was constructive criticism. I feel like they judged fairly.”
Still, nerves were a factor for Christine when she began the competition. “I had never been this nervous in my life – even on my wedding day,” she says. “It was the most anxiety I’ve felt in a day. It’s already scary to be in an environment you can’t soak up visually what’s happening around you. It was challenging and scary.”
An inspirational story created an instant fan favorite contestant on the season premiere of “MasterChef” (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on Fox). Gordon Ramsay and his fellow judges welcomed blind chef Christine Ha onto the show, and were immediately inspired and touched by her story.
Notorious tough judge Joe Bastianich teared up during the show while critiquing her work, telling HuffPost, “I’m surprised more people haven’t done it. Her palate’s way beyond everyone else’s.” He believes the heightening of her other senses may actually give her an edge as a chef.
That said, both he and fellow judge Graham Elliot agreed that they’d never before encountered a blind chef in a professional kitchen, though they both suspect and hope that Ha’s story may inspire more to follow in her footsteps. She earned her apron and access to the show, alongside 11 other contestants in this first part of a two-part premiere.
Check out the judges’ take on the upcoming season here, and tune in Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox for new episodes of “MasterChef.” TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.