Winning the war, losing the battlefields


War heritages carry great tourism potential, but Vietnam's patchy record inspires no confidence it can be tapped effectively, experts say A foreign child visitor with a Vietnamese flag at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. A new proposal to develop battlefield tourism in Vietnam has failed to excite tourism industry insiders who doubt concerned authorities have the imagination, vision or skills to effectively exploit the potential niche. "If a word association exercise were to … [Read more...]

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European haute cuisine godfather comes to Vietnam


"Let me have one more of your bo bia (a kind of Vietnamese roll)," said Michel Roux Sr., one of the Europe’s most renowned and revered master chefs, after finishing a bowl of meatless pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). French master chef Michel Roux, who is among the 10 richest chefs in the world (three of the others are his former students), has declined many offers to co-open restaurants. He has only opened the world-famous Le Gavroche and Waterside Inn restaurants in the UK, the latter … [Read more...]

The people who honor Vietnamese cuisine


VietNamNet Bridge - A blind girl who is an amateur cook became the champion of the U.S. MasterChef 2012. A veteran chef won the Gold Cup at an international culinary competition in Beijing. They are the ones who have promoted Vietnamese cuisine in the world. Blind cook wows 'Master Chef' "That is the Vietnamese food" In a world full of sharp knives, fires, fragile dishes... a little blind girl passed 30,000 normal contestants to become the champion of the U.S. MasterChef competition. … [Read more...]

Michel Roux opens restaurant in Vietnam


Kieu Giang The information was unveiled by Roux and the management board of the hotel last week in HCMC. Dedicated to the art of culinary excellence and classic epicurean experiences, French-born Roux is one of the most influential chefs in Europe. His second restaurant, The Waterside Inn, which he opened in 1972 in Bray, Berkshire, recently became the first restaurant outside of France to retain three Michelin stars for 27 years, the longest standing in history. La Maison 1888 will … [Read more...]

Blind woman wins ‘MasterChef’

The sight-impaired Vietnamese-American woman Christine Ha won the title of MasterChef during the show's finale, which aired on the Fox Television Network on Sept. 10 night. The 33-year-old woman beat out her fellow competitor – Josh Marks, a US Army Contract Specialist from Jackson , Mississippi – to win the title, which was accompanied by a 250,000 USD grand prize and a cookbook deal. On the Season 3 finale, both Ha and Marks conceptualised and prepared a three-course meal during their … [Read more...]

Christine Ha crowned Masterchef winner


Season Three of MASTERCHEF came to an unforgettable conclusion as judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot named Christine Ha the winner of FOX's hit home cooking competition series. Ha, 32, is a graduate student from Houston, TX, and the series' first-ever blind contestant. In addition to earning the MASTERCHEF title, Ha walked away with a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. "Winning MASTERCHEF is the biggest accomplishment of my life," said Christine Ha. "It has taught me … [Read more...]

Blind cook of Vietnamese origin wins US MasterChef


Visually impaired home cook Christine Ha, of Vietnamese origin, was crowned US MasterChef season 3 after an unprecedented finale aired Monday with her Southeast Asian three-course meal. Christine Ha and Josh Marks cook during their US MasterChef Season 3's finale aired on September 10, 2012Photo: >> Blind chef tastes her way through US cooking show Christine, a 33-year-old graduate from Houston, beat out Mississippi's Josh Marks to win the title of MasterChef, a cookbook … [Read more...]

Blind chef fights cooking battle


HA NOI (VNS) — Visually impaired Vietnamese American Christine Ha is in the final of US Master Chef to air at 9pm ET/PT on the Fox Television Network tonight (at 9am and 12 noon Ha Noi time tomorrow). Ha is the first sight-impaired person to be on the show, which is worth US$250,000 to the winner, plus a book deal. … [Read more...]

VN-American blind chef goes to US cooking show final


Christine Ha, a US blind woman of Vietnamese origin, has beaten out 30,000 contestants to advance into the finale 2 of TV cooking contest MasterChef where she will compete against 24-year-old Josh Marks for the US$250,000 cash prize and a cookbook publishing contract. >> Blind chef tastes her way through US cooking show … [Read more...]

Blind OV woman enters Master Chef final

(VOV) - Christine Ha, a blind woman of Vietnamese origin, has shown her exceptional talents to overcome 30,000 contestants and advance to the final stage of the US Master Chef, which will take place on September 10. On September 4, Ha won an edge over competitor Becky Reams in the season's penultimate "Mystery Box" competition with her 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 … [Read more...]