Christine is the chef who is visually impaired and who wowed the nation when she became the Fox Network Master Chef Season 3 Winner.
Christine Ha was the contestant who was blind or visually impaired. Christine Ha lives in Houston, Texas, who was finishing up her graduate program in creative writing. Well, Christine Ha released her cookbook a few weeks back. I took the opportunity to check it out after viewing the episode from MasterChef Season 4 where they plugged the book.
I downloaded it on my Apple iPhone after the show and read it the next evening. Yes, I read a cookbook for fun.
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Chef Gordon Ramsey wrote the forward for Christine's book. I thought his piece was nice and seemed to frame it well.
I watched season 3 in detail, I had been awaiting her cookbook because I loved the fusion of Asian cooking that she utilized throughout the competition. The cookbook featured a number of the dishes she created during the competition, and obviously some that were not. While reading the cookbook, there were a few dishes that jumped out at me.
But, that was not all that stood out. Christine put a lot of herself and her life into the cookbook. She wrote about what shaped her cooking and referenced instances from the show.
If you like the idea of spins on pizza, soup, and fabulous meals, then you will not be disappointed. Christine, thank you for sharing your life and love of food and cooking with us!
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Christine was interviewed for CareerConnect and was asked the following question,"What would be one piece of advice you would offer to a person with vision loss? It will suck, and you will go through a period of grief and adjustment. As it turned out, she made it to the final round and won — Christine is not a trained chef, and, she is blind. This young woman has achieved a great deal since that time, particularly in light of the fact that she said this in my interview with her: "[I did] not accept my vision loss as gracefully as I'd had hoped.
It was a difficult and challenging period in my life. TV , a Canadian cable network designed to make television accessible to everyone, including those with a vision or hearing impairment via described audio and captioning. One of Christine's comments about this station is: "And that's where AMI comes in: to fill in those gaps of the television world for the viewer with special needs.
About this Christine writes:. In addition to being a wonderful cook, Ha is also a writer.
Christine shares her experiences and thoughts on her website The blind cook. In one post " my cookbook is now accessible for those with vision loss " she talks about being asked if her new cookbook is accessible—her response is initially disconcerting to anyone who knows about accessible publishing options, but she turns it around nicely and lets her readers know that it available from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in braille and audio NLS audio books are DAISY formatted.
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She even provides the braille and digital book numbers and a link to NLS for those who are not yet a member. Nicely done Christine! She also writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and is an avid reader, using both the Learning Ally and NLS services. This year has been a big one for Christine.