Blind Contestant Fights to Win Reality Cooking Show
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/27/2012 -- When Christine Ha first came to the MasterChef television reality show, her main purpose was to be taken seriously. As the very first blind contestant in a cooking show, Christine was the underdog but did not want to be treated special because of her condition. The chef also explains that although being taken seriously was her first priority, she also wanted to win.
Winning is just what she did as she was named the Best Home Cook in America and awarded the $250,000 prize as well as a cook book. It was a difficult battle to win over her main opponent, Josh Marks. The two contestants had completely different ideas and views on cooking, and it showed in their methods. Josh was all about going against the grain and taking risks, while Christine was more likely to take a simple dish and turn it into a masterpiece. By keeping to her specialty, Asian cuisine, she was able to stay in the competition and make it to the finale.
While Josh went with more outrageous dishes such as a four season rack of lamb and bacon pecan pie, Christine was more conservative with such creations as a Thai papaya salad and coconut lime sorbet. Although her ideas made the judges wonder if she were too simple and homey, she still managed to pull off the win.
Some viewers will likely question her win and point out that Chef Ramsey was not always happy with her dishes, and neither was Elliot or Bastianich. Others may feel that she is not really blind. She herself admitted that she does have limited sight and can see the world through what she called a “thick, puffy cloud of white steam.” It was obvious to viewers, however, that she had a difficult time recognizing her own family when they joined her at the finale on Monday.
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