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

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  • Published on Jun 17, 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."
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Comments • 5 281

  • Arbiyan Hikmat
    Arbiyan Hikmat Day ago

    From the video, we all know that Christine's husband is really love her very much

  • DadLeftAToaster
    DadLeftAToaster 6 days ago

    She can cut better than me wow!!

  • Science Break
    Science Break 13 days ago +1

    She won first but what about the guy who won second, he deserved better but he had committed suicide at a very young age, such a waste to a talent.

  • Lupe Maya
    Lupe Maya 21 day ago

    She's a great Ninja Chef!!!

  • Jakob Thompson
    Jakob Thompson 22 days ago

    The fact that a blind woman literally won a cooking competition just proves that even the impossible is possible.

  • Hassan
    Hassan 23 days ago

    So if food connects us all does that mean I’m not connected to anyone?

    • Hassan
      Hassan 15 days ago

      Devin Nguyen ExaCtly

    • Devin Nguyen
      Devin Nguyen 20 days ago

      Only if you don’t eat anything

  • Bryan Garson
    Bryan Garson 23 days ago

    Beautiful moment

  • Emmanuel Bacud
    Emmanuel Bacud 29 days ago

    at the end of the day, joe has a heart..

  • Kameron Landis
    Kameron Landis Month ago

    I never thought that she would go on to win... And I'm glad that I was wrong.

  • mao meow
    mao meow Month ago

    john is so sweet.

  • Kal El
    Kal El Month ago

    The masterchef of season 3 ...

  • Army Otaku
    Army Otaku Month ago

    I had my bet on her the moment I saw her dish, to be honest. It broke my heart when she became flustered when making the apple pie.

  • Science girl
    Science girl Month ago

    I saw her cook in real life in Qatar! I was fangirling the entire time!

  • Shearer Moikon
    Shearer Moikon Month ago

    Jesus bless you Christine👍🙏🕊

  • ANVELLE RADS
    ANVELLE RADS Month ago

    An interesting fact : visually impaired individuals tend to have highly enhanced sense of smell, taste, touch and hearing to compensate with their lack in visual ability. So enhanced in fact, that it may exceeds the normal human ability.

  • g a
    g a Month ago

    I don’t even have to watch this but let me guess: menacing music and dirty looks followed by.......you’re awesome unbelievable best chef in the world blah blah blah.

  • Kimathi Washington
    Kimathi Washington Month ago

    Christine actually inspired me to cook while blind bc I temporarily lost my sight and never told anybody, and I still went to culinary school and did my assignments. To this day I still cook blindfolded in the case I lose my sight again

  • Fuhh Kuuu
    Fuhh Kuuu 2 months ago

    This always makes me a little emotional. The first world problems we deal with every day do not compare in the slightest. No one can imagine being blind unless they are blind, being able to see is a privilege many people have but take for granted. Just imagine how hard it would be to go out in public, shopping, restaurants, you can't drive yourself, can't see people's faces, can't see what someone at a restaurant has served you.
    It just makes you think... do my problems really matter?

  • Minty Blossom
    Minty Blossom 2 months ago

    Joe is sexy

  • Costco Pizza
    Costco Pizza 2 months ago

    Who the hell disliked this video

  • Chris Moon x Randall Savage

    no girl ever made me cry this much, fucking bitch... i love you!

  • Reana Mae Sarasa
    Reana Mae Sarasa 2 months ago +1

    Get a husband that she have!

  • Mega Bucks
    Mega Bucks 2 months ago

    Gives apron now fk off

  • BALI GAME
    BALI GAME 2 months ago

    Why am i crying.....?

  • Robertson Thirdly
    Robertson Thirdly 2 months ago

    4:33 the moment Joe fell in love.

  • Mateo LITC
    Mateo LITC 2 months ago

    It's so weird seeing Joe be genuine and kind. Was that...was that a _tear_ I see in his eye?

  • kaep jjang
    kaep jjang 2 months ago

    i have the ability to see but i still burn eggs

  • _karamel _
    _karamel _ 2 months ago

    love 💓

  • roof pizza
    roof pizza 2 months ago

    How does one cook rice in 5 minutes?

  • Bill Wilcins
    Bill Wilcins 2 months ago

    6:27 gladly he didn't season christine's cheek with salt and pepper before he kissed it.

  • KROS
    KROS 2 months ago

    Iam vietnamese and i proud of her

  • Arturas1244
    Arturas1244 2 months ago

    if person is blind his other senses gets stronger.

  • xshapito _
    xshapito _ 2 months ago

    Did she just say it looks more apealing? Hahahaha

  • Andrew Stolpman
    Andrew Stolpman 2 months ago

    Absolutely love her!

  • XxJasylxX
    XxJasylxX 2 months ago +1

    My Grandma is blind but she also still cooks

  • Marcos Estrada
    Marcos Estrada 3 months ago

    Ugh, I'm not blind and I 50% of the time I can't cook and egg

  • Tsar Alester
    Tsar Alester 3 months ago

    I don't believe it

  • Cheesepuff Playz
    Cheesepuff Playz 3 months ago

    Awww, Joe cried for like the first time!!

  • Shyamsundar Rajan
    Shyamsundar Rajan 3 months ago

    I agree with her fish should be served on the bone as with any meat. Serving boneless just removes the flavour

  • Joe Brett
    Joe Brett 3 months ago

    How the hell did 1,000 people not like this?!?!?

  • Indra Pramana
    Indra Pramana 3 months ago

    "I'm gonna be the next masterchef." And you did it!

  • Wassim Haidar
    Wassim Haidar 3 months ago

    She's the cutest :')

  • J.H. Gregorald
    J.H. Gregorald 3 months ago

    Anyone can cook

  • Bruce Lamberton
    Bruce Lamberton 3 months ago

    Amazing, beautiful lady. No demands for special privileges, no requests for pity, no victim mentality. And she even made jokes about her condition (note I did NOT say disability, as I don't believe she sees it that way). How can you not be inspired by her example? There's a message here for all the snowflakes and those who feel society owes them something.

  • doT03
    doT03 3 months ago

    1k people are heartless

  • BARBARA GYIMAH
    BARBARA GYIMAH 3 months ago

    You could clearly see that the judges wanted to cry when she was crying 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  • mikuhatesducks leek lover

    1 thousand people didn't perfect the lamb sauce.

  • Trevor
    Trevor 3 months ago

    I’m not crying you’re crying. Shut up!

  • Chandan Sh
    Chandan Sh 3 months ago +1

    Joe bastainich thinks if he will be strict and insulting like Gordon he will become famous like Gordon

  • P YLF
    P YLF 3 months ago

    painful to watch. scary to watch her chop.

  • Goblok Slayer
    Goblok Slayer 3 months ago

    Fck this im an evil asshole mofcker but why im crying!

  • Lê Thị Ngọc Anh
    Lê Thị Ngọc Anh 4 months ago +1

    Amazing!

  • Rajan Genesis Natividad Sanchez

    This is really inspiring

  • Yusur Kassem
    Yusur Kassem 4 months ago +2

    Wow such an inspiration. Just the motivation I need now to stop screwing around and do what I want, no excuses.

  • Dome
    Dome 4 months ago +2

    I'm tearing up man. This is beautiful...

  • Daniel Cordova
    Daniel Cordova 4 months ago +1

    I voted for her to win

  • Syed Alam
    Syed Alam 4 months ago +6

    It may seem racist because she is Asian but her story can be an anime. No joke. RESPECT

  • pak lover
    pak lover 4 months ago +3

    yes it really gave me goose bumps when she came out and everybody was shouting for her love ths and yes ths is inspirational love from Pakistan i cant cook but i jst love watching masterchef

  • Young Ace
    Young Ace 4 months ago

    Makes me even more proud to be from Texas.

  • Jecile Matsuda
    Jecile Matsuda 4 months ago

    Fk that made me cry 💔😭

  • TurtleMan8365
    TurtleMan8365 4 months ago +5

    4:29 you must have some titanic sized balls to talk to Joe like that!

  • anusha iyer
    anusha iyer 4 months ago +1

    She is phenomenal 💖💖

  • Carmen K
    Carmen K 4 months ago +3

    UGH
    I always tear up when watching Christine cook because she's just so wholesome and passionate about cooking

  • Carolina Rogers
    Carolina Rogers 4 months ago +7

    She has such a lovely, positive personality, and I love her determination. Go Christine!

  • JamesTrickington
    JamesTrickington 4 months ago

    joe really developed a soft spot for her i think, even in the finals he was defending her dishes to ramsay and graham when they were undecided about them

  • Rison Lu
    Rison Lu 4 months ago

    Man she would be great in bird box

  • Masayuki Azul
    Masayuki Azul 4 months ago

    fuckin' ninjas cutting onions

  • Jeremy
    Jeremy 4 months ago

    4:50 that guy has got the hots for Christine! the way he eyes her up and down at 5:04

  • Whiskey Golf
    Whiskey Golf 5 months ago

    the thing to remember about Joe is that he's made of salt and has no patience for bullshit. But with people who're going the distance, he respects that.

  • random viewer
    random viewer 5 months ago

    Sorry Joe but she has a husband

  • numb
    numb 5 months ago

    There was no need for that stick when she walked in... That was dump from the producers

  • masey
    masey 5 months ago +3

    "I'm gonna be the next Masterchef!" If only she knew!

  • Laura Huynh
    Laura Huynh 5 months ago

    Clay Pot fish is the best comfort food. Christine is a legend.

  • k11h12
    k11h12 5 months ago

    she's blind but still very beautiful

  • Lucius Nguyen
    Lucius Nguyen 5 months ago

    I think 1000 blind people clicked the dislike button ( Copy )

  • Blind Luck
    Blind Luck 6 months ago

    I am quite offended that she claims to be blind. She is actually visually impaired, there’s quite a difference

    • Jay Harv28
      Jay Harv28 13 days ago

      She's legally blind so she wasn't lying

  • idsofisoncaoisnc
    idsofisoncaoisnc 6 months ago

    You are an inspiration to the whole world christina God bless you dear . You prove that talent only needs a heart full of passion . Mind-blowing absolutely phenomenal .

  • surfinmuso
    surfinmuso 6 months ago

    omg -the bullshit with her walking up with the cane when she was being lead by someone-what do u need the cane for if u are being lead?. What a load of over-dramatized crap. She is pathetic-using her very questionable "disability" to scrape up sympathy points for the food. Funny how she has no problem locating things on her bench, putting stuff in a pot, looking directly at camera etc etc. An actual blind person would have to "feel" for these things to find them.U lot are pathetic suckers.

  • MrTriped
    MrTriped 6 months ago +2

    Plot twist: she is not blind and cheated everyone

  • focalpoint
    focalpoint 6 months ago +1

    With the best will in the world, she was never going to be able to compete properly on the show given the challenges that we see on a weekly basis, which invariably revolve around fast movement in and around kitchens.

  • Siyathokoza Zulu
    Siyathokoza Zulu 6 months ago

    i'm so fucking ungrateful

  • David Bourff
    David Bourff 6 months ago +1

    It's almost like the tin men got some oil for their rusty ass hearts

  • surfinmuso
    surfinmuso 6 months ago +2

    What a croc of shit-that woman is not blind. Way to hype the bullshit guys. u suck

  • Hammerschlägen M
    Hammerschlägen M 6 months ago +2

    They all felt sorry for her. She got the sympathy vote. Pure and simple.

  • Billie Yay
    Billie Yay 6 months ago

    All the dislikes were people who had their phone upside down

  • rai apuri
    rai apuri 6 months ago

    Wow love the attitude gurl keep it up

  • PyroJayxX
    PyroJayxX 6 months ago

    3:43 *“I THINK IT LOOKS APPEALING”*
    but u cant see...

  • Lam Tran
    Lam Tran 6 months ago

    đĩ mẹ thằng mập khinh người

  • J O
    J O 6 months ago +1

    she is not blind,lol.

    • Jay Harv28
      Jay Harv28 13 days ago

      Not totally blind but like imagine a foggy mirror after a shower is how she describes it

    • Jay Harv28
      Jay Harv28 13 days ago

      She actually is blind

  • bill nguyen
    bill nguyen 6 months ago

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

  • #Bojio
    #Bojio 6 months ago +15

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

  • Robert Hartzell
    Robert Hartzell 6 months ago

    Let's just hope she washes her hands???

  • Myron Kapetanakis
    Myron Kapetanakis 6 months ago

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

  • Peter Girgis
    Peter Girgis 6 months ago

    Wow I. Cried she is so intelligent and absolutely amazing

  • Angie The 272
    Angie The 272 6 months ago

    May God protect her in the kitchen😢

  • Apple Peel
    Apple Peel 6 months ago

    Idk how can a blind person cook?

  • 20PINKluvr
    20PINKluvr 6 months ago

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

  • Andrew Corbett
    Andrew Corbett 6 months ago

    She's awesome

  • Ari X
    Ari X 6 months ago

    Who's cutting onions?! 😢

  • Jack Swift
    Jack Swift 6 months ago

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

    • Jay Harv28
      Jay Harv28 13 days ago

      Well then you're king kong