Press, Media & Events

May 2015

TEDxUCSD Talk | University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California | May 2: Another item I can scratch off my bucket list. This year’s theme for UCSD’s TEDx talk is “In search of…”

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March 2015

Blind Dinner Date | Lions Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan | Mar. 5

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January 2015

Season 2 premiere of Four Senses | AMI, Canada | Jan. 23, 4 & 7 PM ET/PT: Bigger and better than last season. Read the Four Senses season 2 press release, a TV, eh? preview, and get a behind-the-scenes look with my Blind Life episode 7.

“How do blind people put on their make-up?” | BBC News Ouch | Jan. 13: My Blind Life episode on how the blind put on makeup is featured in this BBC story.

First anniversary Lexus gala | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Jan. 6: I design a five course menu for this upscale gala at HCMC’s brand new GEM Center.

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December 2014

Holiday luncheon | Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, Kansas City, Missouri | Dec. 5: Watch my interview with Mitch Weber of “The List.”

Ernst & Young International Day of Disabled People event | Butter Midtown, New York, New York | Dec. 3: I share the kitchen with Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli to serve up delicious dishes at this celebration of diversity and ability.

I Am Vietnamese Project | One of my poems is included in this anthology with 100% of proceeds going to three charities whose combined mission it to promote Vietnamese values and ethics in Vietnam and abroad.

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November 2014

Holland America MasterChef cruise | Caribbean | Nov. 8-15: I, along with Graham Elliot, season 4 winner Luca, season 5 winner Courtney, MasterChef Junior season 1 winner Alexander, season 3 semi-finalist Becky, and season 4 contestant Bri, host a Caribbean cruise. We’ll hold cooking demos, classes, and meet-‘n-greets. You can even put your culinary skills to the test by joining live mystery box challenges. Here’s the itinerary revealed. Come sail away with us!

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October 2014

Wings Over Houston air show with the Blue Angels | Ellington Field, Houston, Texas | Oct. 31: I am invited to fly with the Blue Angels in “Fat Albert,” the U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules airlifter who also happens to be the show opener. It was a crazy 9-minute rollercoaster and quite the experience. Read the news article on my Blue Angels flight.

White Cane Safety Day 2014 | Houston Public Library | Oct. 24

Disability Awareness Week | Disability Services Center, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California | Oct. 16: Talk, cooking demo, and book signing with students, faculty, and others. Here’s a piece written for a campus paper about my visit.

“MasterChef” Vietnam season 2 guest appearance | Vietnam | Oct. 11: I appear as a guest judge again on the sophomore season.

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September 2014

Student Diversity and Leadership conference | University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin | Sep. 27

Chef Experience Houston | Ronald McDonald House Charities, Houston, Texas | Sep. 26: I judge a culinary battle between great local chefs who are challenged to create something masterful with a mystery box full of McDonald’s ingredients. All proceeds benefit the local chapter of Ronald McDonald House.

“Steven and Chris” | CBC Canada | Sep. 24, 2 PM ET: My second appearance on one of my favorite Canadian talk shows–I show the boys how panang curry is an easy, delicious meal perfect for weeknights. Fast-forward to 14:25 for my segment.

“Cooking show for the blind wakes up all the senses” | Canoe | Sep. 19: A great write-up on “Four Senses” season 2–thanks, Rita DeMontis.

“Canada AM” | CTV | Sep. 9: Carl and I do a short cooking demo on Canada’s morning show.

Top chefs give Frank a blind taste test | “Breakfast Television” | Sep. 9: Carl and I do a morning appearance with BT’s “Frankie who also happens to be a guest on our show this season.

Cooking Blind with Christine Ha | The League for the Blind and Disabled, Fort Wayne, Indiana | Sep. 7: The Journal Gazette, The News-Sentinel, and WFFT all run a story about the event.

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August 2014

“Interview with Christine Ha, Visually Impaired, New York Times Best Selling Author, Chef, Writer, and TV Show Co-Host” | American Foundation for the Blind blog | Aug. 20: My post-Helen Keller Achievement Award interview.

“AMI’s Four Senses to return for second season” | | Aug. 13: Public announcement that my Canadian cooking show with Carl Heinrich is signed on for season 2!

Guide Dogs for the Blind cooking class and dinner | Boyd Family Vineyards, Napa, California | Aug. 9: Helping to raise money for the veterinary care of beloved guide dogs.

“Christine Ha, season 3 MasterChef winner, blogger and author of Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food, on learning to cook donair and her new Canadian cooking show” | EnRoute Magazine, Air Canada: The interview that precedes “Four Senses” season 1’s inclusion in Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment.

“Upcoming Female Motivational Speakers” | | Aug. 6: Happy to be named one of the fresh young faces on the public speaking front.

Knorr MealMaker Vietnam recipe contest | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Aug. 3: I judge a nationwide recipe contest sponsored by Knorr Vietnam.

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July 2014

“BWW Interviews: Christine Ha talks about MasterChef cruise, show strategy, and food inspiration” | | Jul. 21: This is followed by my recipe for buttermilk fried chicken.

“‘Foreigners adore Vietnamese food,’ U.S. MasterChef Christine Ha says” | Tuoi Tre News | Jul. 9: An interview on my take of Vietnamese food and flavors.

KOTO Taste the Stories fundraising gala | Park Hyatt Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Jul. 5: As part of my 2014 goodwill ambassadorship with KOTO, I attend the gala and collaborate with a catering team to execute a special menu where all proceeds benefit the KOTO program. Here’s a news story on the KOTO gala.

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June 2014

“Grilling Houston Chefs: What They Use for Backyard BBQ” | Zagat | Jun. 27: It’s summertime. Learn tips and tricks from Texas chefs, myself included, about a favorite pastime, barbecuing.

The 2014 Helen Keller Achievement Awards | American Foundation for the Blind, New York, New York | Jun. 17: I am the recipient of the 2014 HKAA, a recognition previously bestowed upon Stevie Wonder, Patty Duke, and Ray Charles among others. am honored yet humbled to be included in their great company. Moreover, I’m excited to meet Alex Trebek, host of my favorite TV game show, “Jeopardy!”, who is the emcee at the gala. Read a recap of the 2014 HKAAs

Phamaly Theater Company gala | Denver, Colorado | Jun. 14: Supporting the arts for the disabled. Read the Broadway World story on the Phamaly gala.

Ikea Sweden Supper Club | Ikea Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden | Jun. 9-11: With my guidance, Ikea Sweden built my ideal kitchen in a Stockholm flat so I could host as guest chef for three evenings of a pop-up supper club dinner. Watch videos about the menu I served and the morning news story about the Supper Club.

Texas Rehabilitation Association Justin Dart Awards | Galveston, Texas | Jun. 9: My vocational rehabilitation counselor, Lori Lawson, from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’ Division for Blind Services nominates me for this award. Read my acceptance statement.

Independence First gala | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Jun. 5

“Christine Ha’s Recipe for Success” | Success Magazine: I discuss how a positive attitude can lead to success.

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May 2014

“MasterChef’s Christine Ha Interview: Bonus Mother’s Day Recipes” | Monsters and Critics | May 10

Sushi, Sake, and Samurai event | Reading and Radio Resource, Dallas, Texas | May 7

Go Pig or Go Home | Kata Robata, Houston, Texas | May 4: I am yet another judge for this third annual suckling pig throwdown from which a portion of proceeds benefit Last Organic Outpost, an affiliation that generates healthy communities and establishes a local food economy in Houston’s underserved neighborhoods through urban farming and farm-based art and education.

I Am campaign | Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment | I am part of an media campaign to raise awareness for the Asian Pacific Heritage Month of May. Watch insightful interview videos of Lisa Ling, Steven Yeun, Michelle Phan, and more.

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April 2014

“Amazon Book List Reveals What’s Hot in American Regional Cuisine” | The Salt: NPR | Apr. 29: Flattered my cookbook is still being recognized a year after its publication.

“‘MasterChef’ winner Christine Ha ‘excited’ to join fans on week-long cruise” | | Apr. 28

Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Taste of Houston | The Corinthian, Houston, Texas | Apr. 13: I am on the judging panel for this culinary competition featuring Houston’s top chefs and benefiting the local chapter of BBBS. Read the recap on the 2014 BIG Taste.

Houston ISD Cooking Up Change | Rice University, Houston, Texas | Apr. 12: I am on the judging panel for this high school culinary competition where the winning team gets to compete in the national finals in Washington D.C. as part of the healthy schools campaign.

target=”_blank”>Clean Eating Magazine | One of my popcorn recipes is featured in this month’s issue.

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March 2014

“The Marilyn Denis Show” | CTV Canada | Mar. 26: I make a special guest appearance on the show as a judge for one of the challenges as part of the search for the next MDS culinary expert.

“The Steven and Chris Show” | Live Well Network | Mar. 24: We can’t forget about my U.S. fans, right? The same episode that aired in Canada one week ago airs today in the U.S. on the Live Well Network, and get my recipe for the green papaya salad.

EP!C Bon Appetit | Peoria, Illinois | Mar. 20: I take part in a gala to help raise money for disability services in central Illinois. Read more about the EP!C Bon Appetit Live event.

“‘MasterChef’ Jumps on TV Cruise Trend” | The Hollywood Reporter | Mar. 20: My participation in the first ever MasterChef cruise is announced.

“Steven and Chris” | CBC Canada | Mar. 17, 10 AM ET: My interview and cooking demo–including a blindfolded cooking contest between “the boys,” as they’re affectionately called by their crew.

Marie Claire Magazine | Taiwan: I am part of a feature done on reality TV stars.

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February 2014

GE Monogram breakfast with the media & Dinner by Design | GE Monogram, Toronto, Canada | Feb. 25

My Spectacular Theater | Chinese Community Center, Houston, Texas | Feb. 10

Lunar New Year Leo Bar mixer | Asia Society Texas, Houston, Texas | Feb. 6

“Blind chef Christine Ha guest of Lunar New Year event” | The Houston Chronicle | Feb. 3

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January 2014

Series premiere of Four Senses | AMI, Canada | Jan. 24, 7 & 11 PM ET/PT: What so many of us have been waiting for! Finally, my own TV show with “Top Chef” Canada season 2 winner, Carl Heinrich.

CBC News profile of AMI and “Four Senses” | CBC News Canada | Jan. 24

“Celebrate Lunar New Year with Christine Ha” | Houstonia Magazine | Jan. 23: Some insight into the collaborative menu I design with Rishi Singh of Boheme for the Asia Society Texas Leo Bar mixer coming up Feb. 6.

“‘Four Senses” set to premiere on AMI-TV” | Newswire | Jan. 21

“Uncommon Sense” | The Alcalde | Jan. 1: The magazine of my alma mater features a story on me, and many Longhorns are surprised to find out I’m one of them.

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December 2013

“Blind ‘MasterChef’ winner thrives in Houston” | Houston CW Newsfix | Dec. 19, 5 & 9 PM: As part of a collaboration between Houstonia Magazine and CW Newsfix, I was featured on the evening news to highlight my recent essay.

“Holiday Cooking with MasterChef Winner Christine Ha” | MABVI blog | Dec. 19

“The Vision Thing” by Christine Ha | Houstonia Magazine: My personal essay about getting around Houston as a blind commuter is published in the December issue.

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November 2013

AsianFest banquet | Asian Students Association, Baylor University, Waco, Texas | Nov. 16

Excentia Awareness event | Lancaster, Pennsylvania | Nov. 8

NMO Patient Day | Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, Los Angeles, California | Nov. 6: I give an inspiring and encouraging talk to my fellow NMO patients, and this neat little collaborative video entitled “How do we see in the dark?” precedes my talk.

“The Marilyn Denis Show” | CTV Canada | Nov. 4: I cook one of my recipes to be featured on “Four Senses.”

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October 2013

Recipe for Hope luncheon | Houston Food Bank, Houston, Texas | Oct. 24: I helped make this video about the Houston Food Bank’s food pantry, which was played at the luncheon.

“MasterChef’s Christine Ha to Star in New Show” | Eater Houston | Oct. 10

“‘Top Chef Canada’ and ‘MasterChef’ winners launch culinary series for the visually impaired” | OMG Yahoo! Canada | Oct. 9

“‘MasterChef’ and ‘Top Chef Canada’ winners team for vision-impaired series” | The Loop, Canada | Oct. 8: It’s official–I have my own TV show with Carl Heinrich! “Four Senses” will air in Canada in January on AMI.

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September 2013

Hunger Bites campaign | Houston Food Bank

Late Night at New Life | New Life Church, Houston, Texas | Sep. 20

“Reality TV chef draws an overflow crowd to her special Houston farewell dinner” | | Sep. 18: And the positive press continues to roll in. Thanks for all the love!

“Christine Ha Takes Over MKT BAR for Her First Pop-up Dinner” | Houston Press Eating Our Words | Sep. 16: In addition to having restaurant critic Alison Cook stop by and give me rave reviews, this little gem was published by a “secret diner” over at my old online stomping ground.

Christine Ha at MKT BAR: Pop-up Episode 1 | MKT Bar, Houston, Texas | Sep. 14, 3 to 6 PM: My first-ever pop-up, and it’s a tribute/farewell to summer. Thanks to MKT BAR for hosting.

“‘MasterChef’ winner Christine Ha makes prediction: Luca will win” | Los Angeles Times | Sep. 11: My bets are on Luca being the next MasterChef.

“Houston’s ‘MasterChef’ winner to host pop-up event” | The Houston Chronicle | Sep. 9

“MasterChef winner Christine Ha dishes out details on her upcoming pop-up event at Phoenicia” | | Sep. 5

“Recipes from My Home Kitchen, Christine Ha’s cookbook” | San Jose Examiner | Sep. 4: A book review

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August 2013

Living Well with a Disability conference & expo | Lancaster, Pennsylvania | Aug. 24-26

Cooking with Connor, a 5-year-old with Pearson syndrome | Straits Restaurant, Houston, Texas | Aug. 17: Helping grant the wish of such an adorable and vibrant 5-year-old is one of the best blessings a MasterChef could ever have the privilege of experiencing. Check out the video of Connor that started it all.

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July 2013

Beyond the Podium series | Celebrity Cruises, Europe | Jul. 31-Aug. 12

U.S. State Department luncheon in honor of President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam | U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C. | Jul. 24: The U.S. Secretary of State extends me an invitation to attend a luncheon–never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be rubbing elbows with diplomats.

OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates conference welcome reception | Washington D.C. | Jul. 18/blockquote>

Recipes from My Home Kitchen book review | Arkansas Democrat Review | Jul. 16

Recipes from My Home Kitchen debuts at no. 12 on the New York Times best seller list in the Advice, How-To, and Miscellaneous category! | Jul. 14: This is another dream come true.

“Christine Ha, the writer” | An Open Book, the Inprint blog | Jul. 13: A fellow CWP colleague, Allyn West, writes a generous piece about me. Learn what I was like as a UH grad student.

“Blind Determination: MasterChef’s Christine Ha on Overcoming Obstacles to Become a Cook” | Mochi Magazine | Summer issue

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June 2013

“MasterChef”: Christine Ha Returns for the Elimination Challenge | The Huffington Post | Jun. 27: Another video clip.

“Blind ‘MasterChef’ Champ Christine Ha is Back…with Blindfolds” | Yahoo! TV | Jun. 26: What fun to be back! I guest judge tonight’s “MasterChef” season 4 episode–everyone gets a taste of what it’s like to be me. Includes a preview video clip.

MasterChef Winner Christine Ha Cooks Her Favorite Comfort Foods | “Access Hollywood Live” | Jun. 26: On set with the Transformers, cooking up stir-fried macaroni with turkey and grilled beef short ribs.

“Cooking ‘With’ Christine Ha: A Look Inside Recipes From My Home Kitchen | Houston Press Eating Our Words | Jun. 24

“My Interview with Christine Ha, Winner MasterChef 3″ | | Jun. 23

“Lost my eyesight, not my vision” | Hindustan Times | Jun. 20

Mississippi Disability MegaConference | Jackson, Mississippi | Jun. 19-20

“Reality TV famous blind chef draws a big crowd…” | | Jun. 13: An exclusive interview before I take the mic.

“MasterChef 3 Winner Christine Ha Wows Crowd at Brazos Bookstore” | Houston Press Eating Our Words | Jun. 12: Coverage by a former colleague at Houston Press on my book signing.

Houston book signing | Brazos Bookstore, Houston, Texas | Jun. 11, 7 PM: My first official book signing, which included a talk and Q&A. Thanks to all who came, especially the folks that took off work and drove 10 hours from Amarillo, Texas. Loved that it was standing room only and how my cookbook sold out even before I took the mic!

“Q & A with Christine Ha: Cooking Blind, Winning ‘MasterChef’ + Her New Project” | L.A. Weekly | Jun. 10: As a native Californian, what I miss most about L.A.

“Cooking by intuition” | DNA India | Jun. 8

“New worlds to conquer” | The Hindu | Jun. 6: I reveal the worst dish I ever made and a little about my fiction writing style.

“‘They didn’t believe I could use a knife by myself!'” | Mid-Day Mumbai | Jun. 4: I start making headlines in India as “MasterChef” USA season 3 began airing on Star World.

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May 2013

“MasterChef” season 4 recaps | | May 29–: Read my weekly blog posts about season 4.

Christine Ha, ‘MasterChef’ winner, talks Recipes, Gordon Ramsay, and experimenting without fear |, Houston, Texas | May 28: I visit my husband’s company to do a talk, meet-‘n-greet, and book signing.
My talk will be available to watch online for a limited time.

“The Blind MasterChef Christine Ha Dishes on Her Love of Food” | | May 23: Includes one of my favorite recipes from my cookbook, my mama’s eggrolls.

Experiencing the Blind Chef with FOX’s “MasterChef” Winner Christine Ha | Arthur Kade | May 22

“‘MasterChef’ Season 4 Begins” | | May 22: It’s revealed I’ll be making a guest appearance on season 4!

In the Kitchen with the Stars of “MasterChef” | HuffPost Live | May 21: Live hit with Joe Bastianich and I discussing my cookbook and season 4.

On the show: MasterChef champ Christine Ha | “Rachael Ray Show” | May 21: I cook the teriyaki chicken and pineapple skewers from my cookbook, a simple summer treat on the grill.

Chef Christine Ha Makes Browned Butter Ice Cream | “Better Show” | May 21: Live cooking segment, part 2.

Chef Christine Ha Makes Grilled Beef Short Ribs | “Better Show” | May 21: Live cooking segment, part 1.

“‘MasterChef’ Season 3 Winner Christine Ha Talks New Cookbook” | Gossip and Gab | May 21

Christine Ha: From MasterChef to Home Kitchen | “Tell Me More” NPR | May 20: My follow-up interview on NPR–host Michel Martin is surprised I was able to keep the secret of my title the last time we’d spoken.

“How We See in the Dark: A Blind Chef and the Recipe for a Miracle” | The Huffington Post | May 17: Victoria Jackson, co-founder of the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation and co-author of Saving Each Other, writes a kind piece about me.

“Lounging around with Christine Ha” | | May 14: Why I got my post-MasterChef tattoo and what it signifies.

“From MasterChef to Cookbook Author” | Ali Squared | May 14

Release of Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of “MasterChef” Season 3 on FOX (Rodale) | May 14: Finally, the highly anticipated day has come! On the first day, my cookbook reaches #1 on the Amazon bestselling cookbooks list–thank you!

Graduation with a Master of Fine Arts from the Creative Writing Program | University of Houston | May 10: After 5 long years!

I am Christine Ha, MasterChef season 3 winner. Ask me anything. | | May 8: My first IAmA on Reddit–loads of fun.

“MasterChef’s Christine Ha talks new cookbook with Chef Graham Elliot” | | May 5: Based on my Amazon Q&A with Graham.

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April 2013

“Vua Dau Bep” | Apr. 5, 8 PM Vietnam: The episode of “MasterChef” Vietnam in which I guest appear airs.

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March 2013

Private dinner/silent auction | Gulf Coast, Houston, Texas | Mar. 16: Donated a three-course private dinner for six for a silent auction benefitting the literary journal I edited during my time in the Creative Writing Program.

“‘The Master Chef’ by Jubilee Project” | | Mar. 11: Jubilee Project makes a short film based on my life entitled “The Master Chef”. There’s even a behind-the-scenes gag reel with outtakes.

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February 2013

“US MasterChef winner inspires Vietnamese cooking contestants” | Vietnam Breaking News | Feb. 22: My advice to the contestants of “MasterChef” Vietnam’s inaugural season.

Release of 100 Mon An Ngon (Knorr) | Vietnam | Feb. 21

“Arts InSight” | PBS | Feb. 7: The creative writer ego is featured: my poem, “Girl,” is read.

“Blind ‘MasterChef’ offers inspiration to others” | Atlanta FOX 5 News | Feb. 4

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January 2013

VIP reception & Henderson Society dinner | Center for the Visually Impaired, Atlanta, Georgia | Jan. 30-31: A cooking demo, Q&A, and meet-‘n-greet at a VIP reception sponsored by the Viking School; a round table discussion with parents of the BEGIN program; a Q&A with the adult clients of CVI; and the keynote address at the Henderson Society dinner. Read my follow-up blog post about my impressions of the CVI.

So You Think You Can Cook Chili Cook-Off | The Walker Foundation, Spartanburg, South Carolina | Jan. 26: I judge the chili cook-off benefitting the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.

“MasterChef winner to judge chili cook-off” | Spartanburg Herald Journal | Jan. 25

“I’m proof dreams can come true, says Christine Ha” | Asia One News | Jan. 8: I dispel the myth that having a helper on the show put me at an advantage.

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December 2012

“Blind chef Christine Ha opens up about her restaurant future and the end of her bachelorette days” | | Dec. 21

“‘MasterChef’ champ pursuing master’s” | (story originally from The Houston Chronicle) | Dec. 13

Food + Freedom + Fashion | Freedom and Fashion, San Francisco, California | Dec. 8: An intimate cooking class followed by an intimate dinner and then cocktail hour/meet-‘n-greet to help a non-profit raise awareness about human trafficking in America.

National Employment and Disability Conference | George Washington University, Washington D.C. | Dec. 5

“The Doctors” | Dec. 4: Cooking my clay pot catfish together with a blindfolded Dr. Sears–the most fun I’ve had doing a cooking segment on TV.

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November 2012

“The View” | Nov. 30, ABC: I show Sherry and Dr. Oz how to make stir-fried vermicelli with seared scallops, a dish that won me my first mystery box challenge on “MasterChef” season 3.

“Houston’s blind cook Christine Ha wins ‘MasterChef'” | Your Houston News | Nov. 28: “Christine is not just an exemplary student, she is a source of inspiration: witty, gracious, beautiful, and so gifted. Watching her win ‘MasterChef’
was thrilling for all of us who have had the great pleasure of her company in class and life.” –Antonya Nelson

People Magazine | Nov. 19: My quick holiday recipe for prosciutto wrapped asparagus is included in this holiday issue.

Women of Prestige Award | Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce, Houston, Texas | Nov. 15: I am introduced by my mother’s close friend since high school, The Honorable Kathy Han.

Harper’s Bazaar | Vietnam | November

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October 2012

Houston White Cane Safety Day | Houston, Texas | Oct. 23

People Magazine | Oct. 19: My caramel apple dip recipe is in this Halloween issue.

“MasterChef Christine Ha Inspires Hadley Attendees” | Winnetka Patch | Oct. 12: Read or listen to my Hadley seminar.

“Christine Ha Talks MasterChef, Masochism and Multi-Tasking” | Houston Press Eating Our Words | Oct. 10: The alt weekly blog I used to write for does a story on me.

“5 Questions: Christine Ha” | | Oct. 10

VietFace TV Part 1 & Part 2 | Oct. 7

You’ve got Christine Ha | Huff Post Live | Oct. 6

Houston Disability Awareness Month Kick-Off | Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Houston, Texas | Oct. 5

“In Touch” BBC radio | Oct. 2: I make the UK airwaves!

Quán quân Vua đầu bếp Christine Hà | Radio Free Asia/Voice of America (RFA/VOA) | Oct. 2: I speak Vietnamese for the first time on camera. Don’t laugh.

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September 2012

“Carb-Loading Before a Race to Feed America” | Wall Street Journal | Sep. 21: My baked ziti is featured at the kick-off dinner for Run 10 Feed 10.

“MasterChef 2012 Season 3 Winner Christine Ha: Our Exclusive Interview Part 2″ | | Sep. 12: I was in utter shock for 48 hours.

“Blind Chef Christine Ha’s Recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Creamed Kale” | ABC News | Sep. 11

“‘MasterChef’ finale: Christine overcomes blindness, odds to win” | Los Angeles Times | Sep. 11

“Joe Bastianich Blogs: Why Christine Ha Won MasterChef” | | Sep. 11

“UH Student Christine Ha Cooks Her Way to FOX TV’s ‘MasterChef’ Title” | University of Houston News | Sep. 11: Toni Nelson, my thesis director and a Cullen Foundation professor of English, says, “Christine in class was much like Christine on ‘MasterChef’–gracious, poised, humble, generous, and with a great sense of dignity and humor.”

Blind Chef Christine Ha Crowned “MasterChef” in Finale | “Nightline” | Sep. 11, ABC: “Nightline” comes to my house, and I feed them homemade honey lavender ice cream.

“Blind cook of Vietnamese origin wins U.S. MasterChef” | Tuoi Tre News | Sep. 11

“MasterChef Winner: I Used to Only Cook Scrambled Eggs, Toast and Ramen” | | Sep. 10: “I was a disgrace to Vietnamese mothers everywhere.”

Chef Finalist Labels Ramsay as “Charismatic” | Entertainment Tonight | Sep. 10: Video clips of my interview

“‘MasterChef’ Season 3 Winner Crowned” | | Sep. 10: “Christine grew leaps and bounds this season, and I couldn’t be more proud that she is America’s MASTERCHEF.” –Graham Elliot

Houston native Ha is MasterChef | FOX 26 Houston | Sep. 10: The FOX 26 evening news come to one of three watch parties hosted by church friends. (I must also give credit to the other two watch parties that were held simultaneously: one by my grad school friends and another by my neighbors.) Thanks, all–made me feel like I was at home watching alongside all of you.

Blind chef Christine Ha – Interview before the finale | The Daily | Sep. 10

“Admit it: You want blind chef Christine Ha to win ‘MasterChef'” | | Sep. 10: Why we root for the underdog.

“Blind Houston chef hopes to master competition tonight” | The Houston Chronicle | Sep. 10

“Blind chef fights cooking battle” | VietNam News | Sep. 10: I make the news in Vietnam!

“A Literacy of the Hands” by Christine Ha | Owl Eye Review | Sep. 10: As if there wasn’t enough going on in my life…The issue that contains my personal essay, which sparked an entire memoir, drops today. Read about my journey into blindness, how it parallels with my mother’s year of sickness, and how these two events led me back to literature.

“Cane and Able” | New York Post | Sep. 9: “Christine Ha has known since the end of April if she is tonight’s winner. The Houston resident has beat out
16 contestants and says she is ‘good at keeping my mouth shut. My dad doesn’t even know.'”

Blind chef chops competition | FOX Health News | Sep. 6, FOX 11

“MasterChef finalist Christine Ha on being blind, and a fighter” | Los Angeles Times | Sep. 5

“MasterChef Contestant Christine on Blindness, Cooking” | | Sep. 4

Blind Talent: Christine Ha Makes Apple Pie on the Couch | CBS New York | Sep. 4: Is it just me, or does this headline sound a little dirty? Don’t worry–it’s a PG video.

“‘MasterChef’s’ Christine Ha picks up a taste for almond milk from Becky Reams” | | Sep. 4

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August 2012

“MasterChef 2012 Season 3 Contestant Christine Ha: Our Exclusive Interview” | | Aug. 15: I talk about my new tattoo. Surprise!

“Houston’s blind cook reveals her passion for snowboarding, winning & ruthless MasterChef judges” | | Aug. 14: Snowboarding, grad school, creative writing, and “MasterChef?” Call me a masochist.

“All Things Edible” | Aug. 14: My turn to interview with the podcast show where I discuss useless kitchen tools. (Yes, microwaveable omelette maker, I’m talking to you.)

“Food with Famous People: The Culinary Genius of Christine Ha” | Punchnels | Aug. 6: My very talented writer friend and colleague, Will Donnelly, writes a short piece about me, our car ride together, and how my chicken tikka masala left a stain.

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July 2012

#teamchristine t-shirt fundraiser | July: Launched the #teamchristine T-shirt rundraising campaign–100% of profits from t-shirts sold were donated to the Guthy Jackson Charitable Foundation to help further research for the treatment and eventual cure of NMO. Because of your help, we were able to donate $2,175!

“Meet Christine Ha, the Blind Contestant on ‘MasterChef'” | PARADE Magazine | Jul. 29

“Good Day L.A.” | Jul. 24, 9 AM, FOX 11: I show how to make the chicken tikka masala we made in the Venice Beach food truck team challenge.

MasterChef season 3 – Felix Fang and Christine Ha | Synergistic Video | Jul. 23: Felix claims I’m a tough critic.

MasterChef winner Christine Ha with Felix Fang on doing the show | FOX TCA press conference | Jul. 23

“MasterChef: Christine Ha Says People Say She’s a Hero” | | Jul. 23: Felix and I chat with People at the FOX TCA press conference.

“‘Blind Cook’ Serves Up Tough Competition on ‘MasterChef'” | “Tell Me More” NPR | Jul. 17: Now I can scratch “take over NPR air waves” off my bucket list!

“Great Day Houston” | Jul. 17, 9 AM, KHOU 11: I show Deborah Duncan how to make simple spicy lemongrass chicken.

US Weekly Magazine | Jul. 9: I tell America Gordon is a little smitten with me.

“On MasterChef, Seeing Blind Chef Christine Ha Is Believing” | | Jul. 3: “Her ‘MasterChef’ journey has become the must-see event of the summer…”

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June 2012

E! News | Jun. 26, 7 & 11:30 PM ET/PT: The judges each give their thoughts on me as a competitor.

In Touch Magazine | Jun. 25: My first print spread.

“‘MasterChef sensation Christine Ha: Totally awesome, not totally blind” | | Jun. 21: Blindness is often misconceived as having full vision or seeing nothing but darkness. I address this myth and discuss where I am on the vision spectrum.

People Magazine | Jun. 18: A blurb in print.

“Christine Ha: MasterChef Contestant, Writer, and Cook” | American Foundation for the Blind | Jun. 15: A little advice to those experiencing vision loss.

MasterChef: Blind Contestant Christine Ha Stirs Up Her Thai Basil Beef Dish | “Access Hollywood Live” | Jun. 12: Cooking the ground beef dish that officially clinched my spot in the top 18. Here’s where you can find the recipe for my Thai basil beef.

“Gordon Ramsay will be cooking–and boiling over–this summer” | Los Angeles Times | Jun. 10: “[She] cooked like an angel but ended up inspiring the judges most of all with her sheer grit.” –Gordon Ramsay

“The talented cook who is holding her own on Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef–despite being blind” | Daily Mail | Jun. 7: I make international headlines–wow-wow-wee-wow.

“See-food chef: Blind contestant Christine was recruited for Ramsay’s show” | New York Post | Jun. 6: I tell Gordon Ramsay he smells wonderful. And a funny side note: the journalist, Robert Rorke, who wrote this piece turned out to be an MFA alumnus of Warren Wilson which shares many of the same faculty as my Creative Writing Program at University of Houston. Thank you, Robert, for mentioning the other things I’ve accomplished outside of the kitchen.

“‘MasterChef’ Blind Chef Contestant: The Judges Discuss Christine’s Unique Advantage” | The Huffington Post | Jun. 5: “She’s kind of amazing.” –Joe Bastianich

“MasterChef” season 3 | Jun. 4-Sep. 10, 8/7 PM CT, FOX: The season in which I’m a contestant airs.

“Christine Ha is MasterChef’s First Blind Contestant” | | Jun. 4: Includes my audition video.

“Blind Cook’s Competitive Spirit Burns on Ramsay’s ‘MasterChef'” | The Houston Chronicle | Jun. 4: I make the front page!

“Houston Blind Cook to Compete in ‘MasterChef'” | Yahoo! News | Jun. 4

Houston FOX morning news | Jun. 4, 9 AM: Cooking the same dish I made for Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Graham Elliot when I vied for a “MasterChef” apron as part of the top 100. Then FOX comes again in the evening for an additional interview prior to my premiere watch party.

“Exclusive: Gordon Ramsay and the ‘MasterChef’ judges dish with Yahoo! TV” | Yahoo! TV | Jun. 3: “That lady has an extraordinary palate, a palate of incredible finesse. She picks up hot ingredients, touches them, and she thinks about this image on the 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.” –Gordon Ramsay

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February 2012

“The Art of Food and Literature” | Gulf Coast blog | Feb. 12: My third and final blog post for Gulf Coast Journal, right before I leave to film “MasterChef.”

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October 2011

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish: A Tribute to the Man Who Changed My World” | Gulf Coast blog | Oct. 14: My second blog post for Gulf Coast Journal is about how Steve Jobs revolutionized technology for the blind and visually impaired.

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December 2010

“Writing Blind” | Gulf Coast blog | Dec. 15: My first blog post for the Gulf Coast Journal blog about what pushed me to learn Braille.

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