We have all come to love her on MasterChef 2012, but new information has come out on Christine Ha, the blind contestant on MasterChef season 3 that may be a surprise to some of her fans. Christine Ha has impressed me repeatedly with her ability to cook and plate food on MasterChef 2012 with being blind (and I’ll admit it, she has even made me cry), but Fox has announced that the stand-out competitor on MasterChef Season 3 is not actually 100% blind! She is legally blind, but she is not entirely sightless.
Come on now, you had to know this was somewhat true. Fox and MasterChef 2012 producers are trying to play up the sympathy card and these kind of stories make people tune in. Christine Ha makes for a good story, makes people cry and makes people want to see how she will do on MasterChef 2012. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christine and think she is completely sincere and has a great story and even with complete vision, I can not come anywhere close to being able to cook like she does, but I also think MasterChef 2012 is playing it up too much. Christine Ha is a good cook and let’s focus on that please!
Christine Ha gradually lost her sight between 1999 and 2007 due to an autoimmune disease called Neuromyelitis optica and has been very upfront with Fox and MasterChef 2012 about her condition. In a statement, Christine Ha from MasterChef season 3 explains her condition: “It’s a very common misconception that people think blindness is all or nothing, it’s not true at all. From a medical standpoint, doctors call my vision ‘counting fingers.’ If you hold your hand 10 to 12 inches from my face, I could count your fingers as long as the lighting isn’t too dark or glaring. The way I often describe it is that it’s like if you take a really hot shower and then you look into the foggy bathroom mirror, where you only see vague shapes and shadows.”
So, Christine Ha of MasterChef 2012 is legally blind and things are blurry to her and you have to give her props for cooking up dishes she has so far on MasterChef season 3. Christine said, “My pupils are continually dilated. I was having a lot of trouble in the beginning.”
Fully blind or partially blind, blurry vision or 20/20 vision…I don’t care! Christine Ha on MasterChef season 3 is still one of my favorites and that won’t change. Do you agree? Check out one of those moments that brought me to tears below!