A BOUNDARY-BREAKING GASTRONOMIC JOURNEY WITH VISUALLY IMPAIRED MASTER CHEF CHRISTINE HA

While five human senses, working together, allow us to experience the world we live in, celebrity chef Christine Huyen Tran Hà, with her lost vision, demonstrates how passion and talent in cooking break physical boundaries. From June 28 to July 1, 2017, Chef Hà, the first-ever blind contestant and winner of the third season of amateur cooking television show, MasterChef U.S. in 2012, will be showcasing her signature Asian-influenced gourmet food at Ozone, inviting epicures to explore her culinary world colored with imagination and creativity.

From a family originally from Vietnam, Chef Hà was born in Los Angeles and raised in Houston. With no formal culinary training background, she started self-learning at the age of 20, around the same time she started losing her vision. She was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica in 2003, and her vision continued to deteriorate in her ‘20s. Chef Hà described her vision as “looking into a steamy mirror after a hot shower”. Physical disabilities, however, did not limit Chef Hà’s desire to cook. Hence she trained herself to unveil the full potential of the other four senses by cooking without sight.

For four days only, diners at Ozone will have an exclusive opportunity to sample a range of palatable summer-themed dishes curated by Chef Hà. Seafood Ceviche will make a refreshing start to the dinner with summer fruits-infused cocktails. Texas Fried Chicken Sandwich with buttermilk biscuits, honey butter and spicy pickled watermelon won’t go wrong with sips of Kool-Aid Punch. Korean Wagyu Beef Taco with pickled daikon and grilled Mexican sweet corn makes an interesting contrast to the exotic avocado margarita. A surprise main course served to guests who are blindfolded allows epicures to sample a taste similar to that of Chef Hà’s competing dish at the MasterChef finale. To make her first dining event of this scale extra special, Chef Hà will be presenting Hong Kong Ice Cream to end the night with a familiar taste of the city.

Date:

June 28 to July 1, 2017

Time:

7pm onwards

Price:

HK$980 per person for a 5-course menu

Venue:

Ozone, Level 118, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance. For reservations and enquiries, please call (852) 2263 2270 or email restaurantreservation.hk@ritzcarlton.com.