Christine Ha strongly impressed the three-member jury as the first blind contestant taking part in the popular US Master Chef competition.
The 33-year-old, who turned blind at the age of 19, said she has managed to cook without help for 10 years.
During the live broadcast, Ha cooked a traditional Vietnamese dish of braised fish, enthusing both the jury and the audience, was voted for her to enter the next round.
Ha said she will try her best to go further in the competition, even if she does not win a prize.
Master Chef is a live television programme that attracts millions of viewers. Nearly 30,000 contestants competed in the qualifying round to gain a place in the competition.
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