Blind chef Christine Ha - Vietnamese Catfish - MasterChef USA Audition (Season 3 Episode 1)

  • Published on: 17 June 2012
  • Chefs rely heavily on their sense of taste and smell to cook -- especially if they're blind like MasterChef contestant Christine Ha.

    "I have to depend a lot more on the other senses to cook -- taste, smell, how certain ingredients feel," she tells PEOPLE. "I'll know if a piece of meat is close to being done by how it feels against my hand or utensils."

    Christine, 33, has been diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a condition of the central nervous system that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord.

    "The very first bout I had was in 1999," she says of the condition. "It only happened in one eye then. It didn't recover completely so I learned to adjust to seeing out of one eye. In 2004, it decreased to the level where I could no longer drive. In 2007, it decreased to where I am now. I have to use a cane to walk around or take somebody's arm and be guided."

    Christine is ready to prove herself on the show, which premieres Monday (9 p.m. ET) on Fox. "It's hard to see ingredients," she says. "I have to figure out by smell and touch if an ingredient is fresh. Cutting with knives -- fortunately, I'm pretty careful and I have a proper knife technique. Since I've lost my vision, I've cut myself once. And it was minor. I've never had to get stitches. It's really about being organized, careful and using my other senses."

    And she won't be getting any special help from the judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich. "Joe, Gordon and Graham didn't treat me any differently," she says. "They told me what was wrong and right with my dish. There was constructive criticism. I feel like they judged fairly."

    Still, nerves were a factor for Christine when she began the competition. "I had never been this nervous in my life -- even on my wedding day," she says. "It was the most anxiety I've felt in a day. It's already scary to be in an environment you can't soak up visually what's happening around you. It was challenging and scary."
  • Runtime : 6:57
  • Christine Ha Blind Chef MasterChef USA Audition (Season Episode 1)


  • J O
    J O   1 hours ago

    she is not blind,lol.

  • bill nguyen
    bill nguyen   2 hours ago

    Now thats how you supposed to represent my fuckin flag 🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳

  • 3593steelpiranha
    3593steelpiranha   3 hours ago

    asians are good in seasoning their food. that is no joke. that's why she can win masterchef. not because her disablity.

  • Myron Kapetanakis
    Myron Kapetanakis   3 hours ago

    Is that true that she won and then opened a restaurant with NINO???

  • Peter Girgis
    Peter Girgis   8 hours ago

    Wow I. Cried she is so intelligent and absolutely amazing

  • Apple Peel
    Apple Peel   9 hours ago

    Idk how can a blind person cook?

  • 20PINKluvr
    20PINKluvr   11 hours ago

    Shes like Daredevil but with cooking and food. Her other senses have been enhanced without her vision sense

  • Ari X
    Ari X   11 hours ago

    Who's cutting onions?! 😢

  • Jack Swift
    Jack Swift   14 hours ago

    If shes blind then i'm king kong !😂😂😂

    SAKURA   18 hours ago

    4:33 For some reason I feel like Joe wants to cry

  • wong fatt ying
    wong fatt ying   19 hours ago

    First judge mind : this would be so much better with the riceSecond judge mind : im speechlessThird judge mind : she is better than any other normal chefs so farPs . I know their names just dont know how to spell it

  • UwU
    UwU   23 hours ago

    I can’t watch this it’s too pure.

  • J Metric
    J Metric   1 days ago

    5:24 I think joe cried a bit 🙃

  • _ _
    _ _   1 days ago

    United States Stats:Sexually hungry men for a cute blind woman's pussy and a relationship: 10,000,000Women that would even consider dating a blind guy: 50

  • Shane Goodman
    Shane Goodman   1 days ago

    I know i shouldn't be laughing but when she said it looks better on the bone I died a little

  • Axis
    Axis   1 days ago

    I am in tears. That was fantastic.

  • I Q
    I Q   1 days ago

    I swear to God if someone doesn't like this girl they need therapy. I friggin cry every time I see that beautiful smile.

  • nanzeeba ibnat
    nanzeeba ibnat   1 days ago

    all her videos are popping up as recommendation and I'm glad they are because she's so inspiring

  • XenaWQ
    XenaWQ   1 days ago

    I can’t watch this without crying myself bless her x

  • Jiro the Shiba Inu
    Jiro the Shiba Inu   1 days ago

    She’s beautiful inside and out, great passion, I would love to have that kind of desire to be the best chef, she said she will be the Masterchef. She already was from the beginning

  • Edward Sudjono
    Edward Sudjono   1 days ago

    she used way too much onions.. dammit.. my eyes are all watery right now because of that..

  • Panda Warrior13
    Panda Warrior13   1 days ago

    Chef(her):What am I cooking?Assistant Chef:.........the dogChef:oops...........

  • Purna Khatiwada
    Purna Khatiwada   2 days ago

    1000 people dislike this? Why? Someone who did that, private message me and explain cause there is no one else that is trashier than you.

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