23-year-old girl wins second Vietnam MasterChef

In her element: Hoang Minh Nhat performs at the Vietnam MasterChef contest on Saturday. - Photo kenh14.vn

VietNamNet Bridge - Hoang Minh Nhat, a 23-year-old bank employee, beat fellow Vietnamese overseas home cook Le Chi of Canada in the pressure-packed finale of the second Vietnam MasterChef. Right after the show, Nhat decided to quit her current job to devote all of her time and efforts to cooking. "From now on, I am completely free to pursue my life's biggest dream," she said. … [Read more...]

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Banker quits after cooking prize

In her element: Hoang Minh Nhat performs at the Vietnam MasterChef contest on Saturday. - Photo kenh14.vn

HA NOI (VNS) - Hoang Minh Nhat, a 23-year-old bank employee, beat fellow Vietnamese overseas home cook Le Chi of Canada in the pressure-packed finale of the second Vietnam MasterChef. … [Read more...]

Winning the war, losing the battlefields

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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...]

European haute cuisine godfather comes to Vietnam

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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: Wnypapers.com >> 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

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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

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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...]

Gordon Ramsay named highest earning chef in U.S.

With 24 restaurants around the world, 11 Michelin stars, numerous cookbooks, and TV shows, Gordon Ramsay is the top earning chef in the United States, with an estimated global income of $38 million, according to a new list by Forbes.com. Chef Gordon Ramsay arrives at the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles, California July 9, 2011.Photo: Reuters Scottish-born Ramsey, known to U.S. television audiences for his acerbic comments on "Master Chef" and "Hell's Kitchen", surpassed Rachael Ray, … [Read more...]

Blind cook wows ‘Master Chef’

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VietNamNet Bridge - A visually impaired Vietnamese-American woman has conquered the tough judges of a US Master Chef cooking contest to receive a white apron and advance to the next round of competition. Visionary: Christine Ha is first-ever blind Master Chef contestant. She wowed judges with her catfish braised in a claypot - a very popular Vietnamese dish. Christine Ha, who suffers from neuromyelitis optica (NMO) - an autoimmune disorder that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord and … [Read more...]

Blind chef tastes her way through US cooking show

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The sense of taste and smell have never been more vital to the TV cooking contest MasterChef, where a Vietnamese American is breaking ground as the first blind competitor. Christine Ha at the Masterchef US 2012 Christine Ha, 33 and from Texas, beat out thousands of contestants this month to nab a white apron on the hit TV show hosted by Gordon Ramsay. "Wow," Ramsay said as Ha made her way to the qualifying round, guided by her husband. She might need a stick to walk, but Ha relied on herself … [Read more...]

Forget the burger, get me to some pho!

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There are many characteristics that make Vietnam a special place - a rich cultural history, kind people, beautiful nature and above all great food. While almost all types of Western food are available in the country's major cities, Vietnam features an abundance of delicious, cheap and healthy fare that can differ greatly by region. With complex flavors and extremely fresh ingredients, some of the world's top chefs, such as Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay, have made a point to highlight this … [Read more...]

Insider’s stories of the backpacker area (P2)

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Not just famous for budget hotels, the backpacker area, including Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham, Bui Vien and Do Quang Dau streets in Ho Chi Minh City, also has a variety of restaurants and bars with an international flair where tourists can dine and party like back home. The crossroad of De Tham and Bui Vien is always crowded with touristsPhoto: Phuong Thuy P1: A convenient home for expatsP2 - More than serving food and drinks We visited Stella restaurant and café on Bui Vien Street … [Read more...]

1,000 years of food for VND1,000 at Hanoi restaurant

A Hanoi restaurant is offering 40 diners the chance to eat food from 1,000 years of Hanoi and pay only VND1,000 (5 Cents US) in return. Old Hanoi restaurant will host 10 tables of four people on the eve of Hanoi's glittering 1,000 year-old birthday weekend. They will each receive a three-course meal at a price comparable to what people might have paid 1,000 years ago. "There is no catch," said restaurant owner Nguyen Thuong Quan. "We are all proud Hanoians and we are especially proud of Hanoi … [Read more...]

1,000 years of food for only 1,000 Dong at Hanoi restaurant

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A Hanoi restaurant is offering 40 diners the chance to eat food from 1,000 years of Hanoi and pay only 1,000 Dong (5 cents US) in return. Old Hanoi manager Pham Thuy Hoa Old Hanoi restaurant will host 10 tables of four people on the eve of Hanoi's glittering 1,000 year-old birthday weekend. They will each receive a three-course meal at a price comparable to what people might have paid 1,000 years ago. "There is no catch," said restaurant owner Nguyen Thuong Quan. "We are all proud Hanoians … [Read more...]

Vietnam: A new star in the East

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When I was a young reporter, Western visitors to Hanoi were greeted with a Sam-2 missile up the afterburner, followed, if they survived, by several years locked into a rusty iron stockade. Thirty-five years later, arriving as a veteran, I am met with a rather different welcome: an air-conditioned limousine and the most beautiful girl in the world, sleek in a skin-tight, pearl-coloured ao dai, carrying two bottles of ice-cold Laurent Perrier. Times change. I didn't make it to the Vietnam war. I … [Read more...]