In honor of Asian Pacific Islander Awareness Month Top Chef season 3 winner Christine Ha is Keynote speaking on her experiences as a chef and an Asian-American with a disability. She’s the first blind contestant to compete on MasterChef U.S. the competitive amateur cooking t.v. show and she won the title of Master Chef!
You can hear her speak on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in Ballroom A at the Lory Student Center. Want to actually meet her? You can RSVP for the Reception and Meet & Greet (food will be served).
About Master Chef Christine Ha
Christine Ha defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize, and a cookbook deal.
“The lady has an extraordinary palate, a palate of incredible finesse. She picks up hot ingredients, touches them, and she thinks about this image on the plate. She has the most disciplined execution on a plate that we’ve ever seen. But the palate is where it’s just extraordinary. And honestly, I know chefs with Michelin stars that don’t have palates like hers.” –Chef Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef judge.
Not only is this chef talented at combining beautiful tastes, she is also a Master’s degree holding in Fine Arts from a nationally acclaimed Creative Writing Program from the University of Houston.
Christine’s first cookbook, Recipes From My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food (Rodale, 2013), was a New York Times best seller.
When she’s not busy co-hosting or traveling around the globe giving talks this Master Chef is working on her memoir.
Christine received the 2014 Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind, a recognition formerly bestowed upon Ray Charles, Patty Duke, and Stevie Wonder among others.