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Christine Ha        

First Ever Blind Contestant & Winner of ‘MasterChef’

Christine Ha is the first ever blind contestant on— and season three winner of— the competitive amateur cooking show, "MasterChef." Facing renowned chef judges Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich, she defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize, and a cookbook deal.

Ha’s first cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food from the Winner of MasterChef Season 3 on FOX, became a New York Times bestseller. Since winning, she has made a guest appearance on the inaugural season of MasterChef Vietnam and travels around the globe delivering inspirational keynote addresses.

She received the 2014 Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind, a recognition formerly bestowed upon Ray Charles, Patty Duke, and Stevie Wonder among others.

Ha co-hosted a cooking show called "Four Senses," which is geared towards the visually impaired.

She has a master of fine arts from University of Houston’s nationally acclaimed Creative Writing Program. During her time there, Ha served as fiction editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.

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The Blind Cook: Food & Words Are My Creative Portals

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