Faces Behind the Screen: Christine Ha

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Christine Ha smiling in her kitchen

In 2012, Christine Ha was crowned the MasterChef winner of season three, beating over 20 contestants for the coveted title.

Throughout the season, Christine blew judges away with her delectable, beautifully plated dishes inspired by her Vietnamese roots. Despite all the challenges and obstacles thrown at her that season, Christine persevered and shattered all preconceptions as the first legally blind contestant on MasterChef.

Today, she is still making waves in the culinary industry and even recently opened her first restaurant called The Blind Goat in Houston, Texas.


Christine Ha & Mom

What is neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and when were you diagnosed?

CH: NMO is an autoimmune condition affecting the neurological system, primarily the optic nerves and spinal cord. It is similar to MS. I was officially diagnosed in 2004.

What is your greatest struggle right now?

CH: Shattering the social stigma placed upon those with visual impairment or NMO.

When it comes to technology what are some everyday issues you run into that sighted people might not?

CH: All the new technology utilizes a touch screen or comes with too many options. Sometimes, we just need a machine to do a few things and have tactile buttons or switches with haptic feedback.

How did you get into cooking?

CH: I taught myself when I was in college because I moved out of the dorms and wanted to teach myself how to cook.

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Faces Behind the Screen is a storytelling project focusing on members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community, as well as those who are blind and low vision.

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