I am The Blind Cook, supporter of the culinary and literary arts.
Food and words are my creative portals, the means through which I connect with others.
Christine Ha is the first ever blind contestant and season 3 winner of the competitive amateur cooking show, “MasterChef” USA on FOX with Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich. She defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the MasterChef title.
“The lady has an extraordinary palate, a palate of incredible finesse. She picks up hot ingredients, touches them, and she thinks about this image on a plate. She has the most disciplined execution on a plate that we’ve ever seen. But the palate is where it’s just extraordinary. And honestly, I know chefs with Michelin stars that don’t have palates like hers.” –Chef Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef judge
“She’s kind of amazing.” –Joe Bastianich, restauranteur and MasterChef judge
Christine also has a Master of Fine Arts from University of Houston’s nationally acclaimed Creative Writing Program. During her time there, she served as fiction editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. She is currently working on a memoir.
Christine’s first cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food (Rodale, 2013), is a New York Times best seller. Since the show, she has made a guest appearance on the inaugural season of “MasterChef” Vietnam and travels around the globe to give inspiring keynote addresses. Christine lives in Houston, Texas, and plans to open establishments both locally and elsewhere.
Follow Christine on Twitter at @theblindcook. (Yes, it’s really her tweeting!)
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