Published on Aug 31, 2012
On MasterChef Top 5, blind chef Christine Ha works to visualize a perfect dish – Christine really is in FLOW – watch this incredible episode
Chef Graham notes after the finalists return from the “MasterChef” pantry that Christine, without the aid of her assistant, has recreated the basket of ingredients with amazing accuracy.
So it is not even shocking when Christine’s plate is chosen as the best of the Elimination Test. Chef Graham notes the almost exact re-creation of his dish and asks her how she does it? Christine says that she relies on memory, focusing on all her other senses to make things work. Graham tells her he is “super proud” of her.
Judge Joe says that he had at first doubted her, but he likened her ability to wine tasting, where mental images are constructed by taste. He says that her ability to take those images and “reinterpret” them to construct dishes that “continue to impress and amaze us.”
Chef Ramsay says she “nailed” it in presentation and leans forward and whispers, “Am I being punked?” After tasting it, admits that “for the first time in this competition,I’m at a loss for words.”