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MasterChef travel tour | and Kings, Vietnam | exact dates TBD: I host a culinary tour in Vietnam, introducing guests to the famous street foods of my heritage and teaching them how to make a delectable Vietnamese dish of their own.
Cooking Blind with Christine Ha | The League for the Blind and Disabled, Fort Wayne, Indiana | Sep. 7
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.
Phamaly Theater Company gala | Denver, Colorado | Jun. 14: Supporting the arts for the disabled.
Independence First gala | Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Jun. 5
Epic Bon Appetit | Peoria, Illinois | Mar. 20
My Spectacular Theater | Chinese Community Center, Houston, Texas | Feb. 10
“Blind chef Christine Ha guest of Lunar New Year event” | The Houston Chronicle | Feb. 3
Series premiere of “Four Senses” | AMI, Canada | Jan. 24, 7 PM ET/PT
“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.
“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
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.”
“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.
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” | CultureMap.com | 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.
“‘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” | CultureMap.com | Sep. 5
“Recipes from My Home Kitchen, Christine Ha’s cookbook” | San Jose Examiner | Sep. 4: A book review
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.
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
“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″ | TwistedChef.com | 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…” | CultureMap.com | 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.
“MasterChef” season 4 recaps | TVGuide.com | May 29–: Read my weekly blog posts about season 4.
Christine Ha, ‘MasterChef’ winner, talks Recipes, Gordon Ramsay, and experimenting without fear | blinds.com, 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” | FoodBeast.com | 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” | Examiner.com | 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” | SheKnows.com | 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. | Reddit.com | May 8: My first IAmA on Reddit–loads of fun.
“MasterChef’s Christine Ha talks new cookbook with Chef Graham Elliot” | HULIQ.com | May 5: Based on my Amazon Q&A with Graham.
“Vua Dau Bep” | Apr. 5, 8 PM Vietnam: The episode of “MasterChef” Vietnam in which I guest appear airs.
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” | channelAPA.com | 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.
“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
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.
“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.
“Blind chef Christine Ha opens up about her restaurant future and the end of her bachelorette days” | CultureMap.com | Dec. 21
“‘MasterChef’ champ pursuing master’s” | UltimateHeights.com (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.
“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
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” | AndrewZimmern.com | Oct. 10
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.
“MasterChef 2012 Season 3 Winner Christine Ha: Our Exclusive Interview Part 2″ | FoodBeat.com | 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” | People.com | 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” | TVGuide.com | 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” | Zap2it.com | 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’” | Examiner.com | 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” | TIME.com | 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” | Zap2it.com | Sep. 4
“MasterChef 2012 Season 3 Contestant Christine Ha: Our Exclusive Interview” | FoodBeat.com | Aug. 15: I talk about my new tattoo. Surprise!
“Houston’s blind cook reveals her passion for snowboarding, winning & ruthless MasterChef judges” | CultureMap.com | 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.
#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” | People.com | 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” | HULIQ.com | Jul. 3: “Her ‘MasterChef’ journey has become the must-see event of the summer…”
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” | EW.com | 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” | People.com | 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
“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.