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Master Chef is Christine really blind?

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Maybe it's just me but I'm finding it hard to believe she is totally blind. Can she see a little bit? How can she plate food that looks so perfect?

  1. She was born sighted; you can see more of her story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18...

    1. I agree. I don't think she is completly blind. Possibly only colours or light or shapes, but there have been many times in which she can be seen turning her and "looking" at an item. For example, when Ramsey raised a slice of her apple pie, she turned her head to (seemingly) focus her attention from Ramsey's face, who was speaking at the time, to the slice itself, which was NOT speaking at the time. :)
      I've noticed that a few times in the last coupel of weeks.

      1. Please keep in mind that "legally blind" does not mean complete blackness. There are varying degrees of blindness that are all considered legally blind.

        I'm not sure which is more unsettling -- accusing this contestant and the network of faking it, when it appears she is allowed to have a helper -- or actually faking it.

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        1. re: sunshine842

          No, no, no! Please, Sunshine, don't get me wrong! I'm not accusing AT ALL that she is faking it! My question was exactly what you mentioned in that what level or degee of blindness does she have.
          I simply mentioned that I didn't think she was COMPLETELY blind based on the observations I noted. It's more of a curiosity thing.

          1. re: Midknight

            Her experience as a sighted person would show her where to look at people. Her looking at something again would be a function of that. I am legally blind (10 percent acuity, which is right on the line in Canada and the US I think) and I don't use a cane, indeed, I (probably inadvisably and almost certainly illegally) ride a bike. She also had no reaction to the mystery box. She is, as I used to say 'starting team' blind....

            1. re: dbrodbeck

              Why the 'angel' music in the background every time she's spotlighted? I'm assuming she'll be thrown overboard eventually. Seems a bit cynical to me. What/who next? A guy with no arms? It's a cooking competition after all.

              1. re: Puffin3

                Most disabled people I know, me included, realize their limitations. I doubt an armless person would try out. That said, if the person was good, who knows. The music well, it is not unlike what one often hears in any 'reality' show. As I am not in any of the judges heads I do not know if they are cutting her slack, but I doubt it.

                1. re: Puffin3

                  I remember watching a '60 Minutes' segment as a kid about a woman who was born with no arms -- she cooked and shopped and raised her children -- all with her feet. (yes, I drove my mother bonkers for about a week trying to do things with my feet)

                  Each person is limited only by what they choose as their own limitations.

          2. She has a 'helper' who leads her everywhere. So why does she have to have the long white cane in her hands if not for the 'optics'. How in the world was she able to DEEP FRY! those calves brains or whatever they were to the absolute PERFECT color? If her 'helper' had to tell her when to take them out of the HOT oil how is that fair to the other contestants? I'm sure I heard her say she was "completely blind". Something isn't right/fair about this. What if a contestant had no arms so their 'helper' had to prep the veg and it so happened the 'helper' was a master at knife skills? Christine's 'helper' is, I'll bet, an expert chef in her own right.

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            1. re: Puffin3

              You are correct she did say she is completely blind. She said that 10 years ago she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that left her completely blind.

              Since she once had sight she has the ability to know where to focus her eyes. Every so often you'll see her get a little confused but it's very rare.

              She draws upon her memory of what food should look like on a plate. likes adding shapes to a canvas. It really wouldn't be that difficult if you had prior knowledge of what food shapes looks like.

              Sometimes she really just doesn't have a clue and doubts herself. Like the pie. but with her mastering other senses she is able to create wonderful dishes.

              1. re: Puffin3

                The cane is so she can walk and not run in to people. She has likely carried it for quite a while. I imagine not having it would be akin to someone not wearing shoes, it would just feel wrong.

                Her aide would tell her when the colour was correct, by describing it. There are people like this aide that do this for a living. We have seen no evidence of any wrongdoing, I do not understand your search for negatives in this, I honestly don't.

                Oh and the nor arms person is a hypothetical, so it is not worth commenting on your rant about that.

                1. re: Puffin3

                  Wow....here's someone who has what would be to most of us a seemingly insurmountable handicap who is doing something 'normal' better than most of us fully sighted folks can do, and all you can do is scream unfair?

                  I have always worn thick glasses, but cannot imagine how I would handle being told that the sight I have will be gone.

                  She has not only NOT retreated to huddling in her bedroom, curled into a fetal ball, crying about her lost eyesight and how her life has been ruined, but she has accepted it (I'm sure she had her days...) -- and learned how to cook extraordinarily well in spite of it.

                  Boy, hope karma never bites you in the ass.

                  1. re: Puffin3

                    We humans really do look for "what's wrong" instead of celebrating what's right with how it is.

                    1. re: Puffin3

                      From what I gather from the show, the helper only acts as her eyes and does not cook or prep the food. Christine will describe the color and the helper tells here when the is there. Christine is the one that supposed to pull the food. I think that's as fair as you can make it.

                      In regards to carrying the cane around, if those are you means of feeling around, I'd carry them everywhere I'd go. If I put them down, there's a chance the cane can get misplaced. It would be difficult to look around for them.

                      1. re: Puffin3

                        I really hope you arent serious if you are insinuating that the blind contestant has an unfair advantage in a cooking show.

                      2. I read this story about Christine today and found it very interesting http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/06/21/mas... I think she's pretty inspiring.

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                        1. re: Boudleaux

                          Good story.

                          Looking for the negative in what is an amazingly positive thing is just wrong.

                          1. re: Boudleaux

                            Nice link -- I'm willing to concede right now that I probably could not make a pie that attractive AND face down Gordon Ramsey over it....and I can see what I'm doing.