Christine Ha is the first ever blind contestant and Season 3 winner of the television show “Master Chef”. In addition to winning Master Chef, Christine has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program and is currently working on a memoir. Her first cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food, was a New York Times Bestseller. She has given TEDx talks and received the 2014 Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind in 2014.
Christine suffers from neuromyelitis optica, in which a person’s immune system attacks the optic nerves and spinal cord. Over the course of three years she became almost completely blind and describes her vision as “looking at a very foggy mirror after a hot shower.”