Houston’s Christine Ha, a blind home cook, advanced Tuesday night to become one of two finalists in the finale of Fox’s popular cooking reality series MasterChef. She’ll compete against 24-year-old Jost Marks in the finale, which airs at 8 p.m. Sept. 10.
Ha, a 32-year-old University of Houston student and food blogger, won an edge in the season’s penultimate “Mystery Box” competition Tuesday night with a Vietnamese scallop stir fry. It gave her the pick of proteins in the elimination dish when the choice of proteins was chicken legs, frog legs or lamb.
Her last dish, buttermilk fried chicken with creamed kale, was praised for the chicken, which celebrity chef and MasterChefs host Gordon Ramsay called “modern home cooking,” but was criticized for her too creamy kale.
The winning cook will take home $250,000 and will get a cookbook deal.
An earlier edition of this story incorrectly listed the prize as $25,000 and the dish as being made of chicken wings.