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MasterChef’s First Blind Contestant

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.

Make sure you follow Christine Ha on Facebook and Twitter.  Tune in to MasterChef every Monday and Tuesday to watch Christine Ha cook!

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World Aids Day Bake for Awareness

Today, December 1st is known as World Aids Day. On the World AIDS Day website, HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, “can be passed on through infected bodily fluids, most commonly via sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles, syringes or other injecting drug equipment”. Here are some facts about HIV.

  • Over 90% of people with HIV were infected through sexual contact
  • You can now get tested for HIV using a saliva sample
  • HIV is not passed on through spitting, biting or sharing utensils
  • Only 1% of babies born to HIV positive mothers have HIV
  • You can get the results of an HIV test in just 15-20 minutes
  • There is no vaccine and no cure for HIV

It’s a very real disease/virus that can be treated and contained. On the World AIDS website, there’s an opportunity to create awareness and proceeds for National AIDS Trust (NAT) in the UK. Bake sales are a great way to raise awareness and easy to do! NAT provides a fundraising pack and bake sale awareness poster! This is great for sporting events, school events, or whatever you can think of! It isn’t specific to just December 1st, awareness and fundraising can be done at any time in the year.

Once you’ve raised the proceeds, NAT provides you with an address to send the cheque off to! What a great way to create awareness and fundraise!

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