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

  • 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."

Comments • 5 303

  • Tsar Alester
    Tsar Alester Day ago

    I don't believe it

  • Cheesepuff Playz
    Cheesepuff Playz 2 days ago

    Awww, Joe cried for like the first time!!

  • Shyamsundar Rajan
    Shyamsundar Rajan 2 days 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 2 days ago

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

  • Indra Pramana
    Indra Pramana 3 days ago

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

  • Wassim Haidar
    Wassim Haidar 6 days ago

    She's the cutest :')

  • J.H. Gregorald
    J.H. Gregorald 6 days ago

    Anyone can cook

  • Bruce Lamberton
    Bruce Lamberton 8 days 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 9 days ago

    1k people are heartless

    BARBARA GYIMAH 12 days 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 18 days ago

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

  • Chandan Sh
    Chandan Sh 19 days ago

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

  • P YLF
    P YLF 24 days ago

    painful to watch. scary to watch her chop.

  • Goblok Slayer
    Goblok Slayer 24 days ago

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

  • Anh Lê
    Anh Lê Month ago +1


  • Rajan Genesis Natividad Sanchez

    This is really inspiring

  • Yusur Kassem
    Yusur Kassem Month 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 Month ago +2

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

  • Daniel Cordova
    Daniel Cordova Month ago +1

    I voted for her to win

  • Syed Alam
    Syed Alam Month ago +1

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

  • pak lover
    pak lover Month ago +2

    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 Month ago

    Makes me even more proud to be from Texas.

  • Jecile Matsuda
    Jecile Matsuda Month ago

    Fk that made me cry 💔😭

  • TurtleMan8365
    TurtleMan8365 Month ago +2

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

  • anusha iyer
    anusha iyer Month ago +1

    She is phenomenal 💖💖

  • Carmen K
    Carmen K Month ago +2

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

  • Carolina Rogers
    Carolina Rogers Month ago +6

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

  • JamesTrickington
    JamesTrickington Month 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 Month ago

    Man she would be great in bird box

  • Masayuki Azul
    Masayuki Azul Month ago

    fuckin' ninjas cutting onions

  • Jeremy
    Jeremy Month 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 Month 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.

  • Zack guccigamer
    Zack guccigamer 2 months ago

    Sorry Joe but she has a husband

  • numb
    numb 2 months ago

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

  • masey
    masey 2 months ago +1

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

  • Laura Huynh
    Laura Huynh 2 months ago

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

  • k11h12
    k11h12 2 months ago

    she's blind but still very beautiful

  • Lucius Nguyen
    Lucius Nguyen 2 months ago

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

  • Blind Luck
    Blind Luck 2 months ago

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

  • idsofisoncaoisnc
    idsofisoncaoisnc 3 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 3 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 3 months ago +2

    Plot twist: she is not blind and cheated everyone

  • getdrinking
    getdrinking 3 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 3 months ago

    i'm so fucking ungrateful

  • David Bourff
    David Bourff 3 months ago

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

  • surfinmuso
    surfinmuso 3 months ago +1

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

  • Hammerschlägen M
    Hammerschlägen M 3 months ago +1

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

  • Billie Omfg
    Billie Omfg 3 months ago

    All the dislikes were people who had their phone upside down

  • rai apuri
    rai apuri 3 months ago

    Wow love the attitude gurl keep it up

  • PyroJayxX
    PyroJayxX 3 months ago

    but u cant see...

  • kokoki tututi
    kokoki tututi 3 months ago

    Is she blind or can she see something

  • Lam Tran
    Lam Tran 3 months ago

    đĩ mẹ thằng mập khinh người

  • J O
    J O 3 months ago

    she is not blind,lol.

  • bill nguyen
    bill nguyen 3 months ago

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

  • #Bojio
    #Bojio 3 months ago +6

    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 3 months ago

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

  • Myron Kapetanakis
    Myron Kapetanakis 3 months ago

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

  • Peter Girgis
    Peter Girgis 3 months ago

    Wow I. Cried she is so intelligent and absolutely amazing

  • Swaying Palms
    Swaying Palms 3 months ago

    May God protect her in the kitchen😢

  • Apple Peel
    Apple Peel 3 months ago

    Idk how can a blind person cook?

  • 20PINKluvr
    20PINKluvr 3 months ago

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

  • Andrew Corbett
    Andrew Corbett 3 months ago

    She's awesome

  • Ari X
    Ari X 3 months ago

    Who's cutting onions?! 😢

  • Jack Swift
    Jack Swift 3 months ago

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

  • #awesome7 Lol
    #awesome7 Lol 3 months ago +2

    I’m inspired omg love this episode

  • aRandomAvocado
    aRandomAvocado 3 months ago

    She's the red nose reindeer

  • c l u e l e s s P otAtO

    Gordon Wow count:*never ending*

    SAKURA 3 months ago

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

  • Diane Rondoli
    Diane Rondoli 3 months ago

    Asian food really needs rice 😍

  • wong fatt ying
    wong fatt ying 3 months ago

    First judge mind : this would be so much better with the rice
    Second judge mind : im speechless
    Third judge mind : she is better than any other normal chefs so far
    Ps . I know their names just dont know how to spell it

  • Rose Ribcage
    Rose Ribcage 3 months ago

    So impressed by her.

  • Purple Dolphin
    Purple Dolphin 3 months ago

    This touched me on different levels

  • UwU
    UwU 3 months ago

    I can’t watch this it’s too pure.

  • [AfC] Tek10n iOS
    [AfC] Tek10n iOS 3 months ago +2

    5:24 I think joe cried a bit 🙃

  • _ _
    _ _ 3 months ago

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

    • ももこ〜
      ももこ〜 3 months ago

      Women who consider dating men describing themselves the way you did: 0

  • GhostReaper TheCodex
    GhostReaper TheCodex 3 months ago

    The first time home ate in front without looking at them while eating

  • tuan amirudin
    tuan amirudin 3 months ago

    Tears in my eyes every time seeing this

  • midninte ranger
    midninte ranger 3 months ago

    This woman is so amazing love her she is a WARRIOR

  • Shane Goodman
    Shane Goodman 3 months ago

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

  • Christopher Lewis
    Christopher Lewis 3 months ago

    Dammit!! I'm crying and hungry

  • Axis
    Axis 3 months ago

    I am in tears. That was fantastic.

  • Aaron Banzon
    Aaron Banzon 3 months ago

    Can she earth bend?

  • Smarty The Pants
    Smarty The Pants 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • XenaWQ
    XenaWQ 3 months ago

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

  • Jiro the Shiba Inu
    Jiro the Shiba Inu 3 months 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

  • Saku Ragi
    Saku Ragi 3 months ago

    Wow :)

  • Edward Sudjono
    Edward Sudjono 3 months ago

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

  • John Dejumo
    John Dejumo 3 months ago

    Ah my favourite type of food...

    • iReSPeCT
      iReSPeCT 3 months ago

      Héřühçţëř vųřůçtàe EJĶİRŐ - Speed Cuber Rice with pineapple pizza?

  • Bird Box
    Bird Box 3 months ago +1

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

  • Bird Box
    Bird Box 3 months ago +1


  • Purna Khatiwada
    Purna Khatiwada 3 months 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.

  • Patricia Westbrook
    Patricia Westbrook 3 months ago

    I caught two taquitos on fire in my microwave once

  • jayco palmes
    jayco palmes 3 months ago

    Amazing woman! I’m tearing up 😭👌👏

  • Factor X
    Factor X 3 months ago

    And she won the masterchef :)

  • NaNa Po
    NaNa Po 3 months ago

    I didn’t see the title so *i didn’t even realize she was blind* until I saw her with the walking stick

  • JT Black Storm
    JT Black Storm 3 months ago

    She made me cry god bless her

  • AnnaSun27
    AnnaSun27 3 months ago

    I love that she didn’t use it as a way to make everyone pity her. I feel like most people who have a disability or have some horrific past tend to use it to get ahead in competition shows. She did not do that. She was so happy at the end, I could feel it! What a wonderful woman.

  • JoybuzzahzTV
    JoybuzzahzTV 3 months ago

    I hate when American people say CARE-UH-MEL. It's the United States, we say Carmel.