Blind Contestant Wins 'MasterChef' Season 3


Blind Contestant Wins 'MasterChef' Season 3


Christine Ha feels 'utter shock' after beating out Josh Marks in the Monday, September 10 finale, claiming she 'didn't even know how to steam rice in a rice cooker' not too long ago.

Christine Ha was crowned the winner of "MasterChef" season 3. Despite her blindness which was caused by a rare autoimmune disease, she battled against the odds to defeat Josh Marks in the finale which aired Monday, September 10.

For the last task, the two finalists had to cook three courses: an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. Christine served Thai papaya salad with crab, braised pork belly with rice, maitake mushrooms and crispy kale, and coconut lime sorbet with ginger tuile. The judges complimented her for the balance of her menu.

Meanwhile, Josh presented butter-poached lobster with grits and sweet potato puree, a rack of lamb with green curry sauce, spring peas and carrots and bacon-crusted pecan pie with vanilla cinnamon ice cream. The judges praised his effort to make such difficult dishes, but noted that his undercooked lobster might ruin everything.

After some deliberations, judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot came out to declare Christine as the winner. The first blind contestant in the show's history took home $250,000 cash and a cook book deal.

"I'm living proof that dreams come true against all odds," the graduate student from Houston, Texas said upon her win. To TV Guide, she further shared about her feelings, "My first reaction when I won was just utter shock. I just could not believe it. I was shocked for probably 48 hours. I didn't realize how much I wanted it and how much it was attainable."

She went on confessing that not long ago, she "didn't even know how to steam rice in a rice cooker." She added, "I was a disgrace to many Vietnamese mothers I'm sure... I only knew how to make scrambled eggs and toast and instant ramen," before she started learning to cook once she got an apartment and a kitchen.

Explaining her consideration to serve the dishes that led her to win the competition, she said, "I wanted to go with three dishes that would make sense going together. The entree was a much richer, deeper and heavier dish, so that's why I wanted the appetizer to be refreshing. By dessert, I wanted to move it back to something light and refreshing."

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Sylvester Stallone May Star in More Marvel Films After 'GOTG 2'
  2. Kim Kardashian's 'Jealous' of Kourtney's Hot Beach Body
  3. 'The Voice' Live Top 12 Eliminations: Who Is the First to Get Sent Home?
  4. Scott Gimple Teases Rick's Death in 'The Walking Dead' Season 8
  5. Inside Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's Plan to Get More Money From 'The Voice'
  6. 'KUWTK': Lisa Rinna's Family to Replace the Kardashians
  7. Is Gigi Hadid Taking Her Diet Too Far? Her Extreme Weight Loss Raises Concern
  8. 'The Walking Dead': The First Two New Characters in Season 8 Revealed
  9. Find Out Why Kim and Kourtney Kardashian Bans Kanye West From Mexican Trip
  10. 'The Flash' 3.20 Promo: Savitar Will Be Unmasked in 'I Know Who You Are'

CELEBS PHOTO