In it’s third season, MasterChef has returned with one of the most interesting seasons yet. A competitive cooking show which has the contestants presenting their dishes to the three judges. The nicest of the three judges, in my opinion, is Graham Elliot, a restaurant owner and chef. Many are familiar with Gordon Ramsay from his show Hell’s Kitchen. Lastly, Joe Bastianich may be one of the toughest judges these contestants will face. Bastianich’s sharp glares are enough to make any chef feel like a sub-par home cook. It’s these three judges that the contestants have to appeal to.
What sets this season apart from the other seasons is one contestant in particular. Christine Ha is the first ever blind contestant on MasterChef. Christine Ha is just 33 and has been diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO), a disorder were the person’s immune system attacks their optic nerves and spinal cord. Despite her condition, Christine is an amazing person with an amazing talent – cooking.
Instead of using sight, Christine relies on her other senses to cook. Touching the food, smelling the food, and tasting the food are the main techniques that Christine uses. What is even more impressive is that Christine gets little help from her guide. Her guide is only there to help her collect ingredients and to make sure she does not burn herself. The judges do not treat Christine differently either.
Christine possesses a remarkable skill in her ability to cook. However, when it comes to baking, there is a heavy reliance on sight. When baking a cake, one looks to see the cake rising. On Monday, the contestants were asked to bake an apple pie. Christine Ha was at a great disadvantage compared to her fellow contestants. What Christine accomplished is incredible and heart-warming.