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US MasterChef Christine Ha to meet fans in Ho Chi Minh City next week

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 14:08 GMT+7
US MasterChef Christine Ha to meet fans in Ho Chi Minh City next week
The Vietnamese version of the cook book "Recipes from My Home Kitchen" is seen in this photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City on December 12, 2015.

Christine Ha, the visually impaired winner of reality television show MasterChef U.S. in 2012, is poised to talk cooking with local fans in Ho Chi Minh City next week.

The American chef, writer and TV host of Vietnamese origin will share her personal journey to become the first blind contestant, then winner, in the history of MasterChef U.S., at the event scheduled at 5:00 pm on December 16.

The meeting, titled “The Making of a Master Chef, a Conversation with Christine Ha,” is organized by the U.S. Consulate General's American Center in Ho Chi Minh City at its venue in District 1.

Besides the fan meeting, Ha will also attend many other activities on December 16.

In the morning, she will have a book signing on the Vietnamese-language publication of her cook book “Recipes from My Home Kitchen” at the Tre Publishing House in District 3.

The book, which hit bookstores in Vietnam on December 1, is titled “Nấu ăn bằng cả trái tim” in Vietnamese, literally translated as “cooking with all your heart.”

In the afternoon, Ha will take part in an event to give exchange and cook with students at the University of Technology (HUTECH) in Binh Thanh District, after which she will leave for the fan meeting.

Ha found fame after winning the third season of the U.S. competitive cooking reality show in 2012, where she wowed the judges and viewers with her Vietnamese dishes including ca kho to (catfish braised in a clay pot) and other courses cooked with the iconic Vietnamese ingredient, fish sauce.

The 36-year-old Texas-based chef also attracted a huge number of followers and fans thanks to her friendliness, simplicity and enthusiasm for cooking.

She now has more than 245,000 followers on Facebook and over 10,600 subscribers on YouTube.

Ha was therefore invited to join the jury of the third season of MasterChef Vietnam this year, after taking part in two previous seasons as a guest judge.

The MasterChef Vietnam season three will announce its winner tonight, December 12.

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