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Chef Christine Ha continues to wow the food world and put Houston on the map

Today, we spend the hour with Christine Ha, a finalist for the 2022 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Texas region — discussing “Top Chef: Houston,” starting a restaurant during a pandemic, and more.

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Houston has such an amazing food scene!

One chef at the center of it, who's helped put Houston on the map, is Christine Ha.

She became a celebrity when she won MasterChef in 2012, and she has also written a New York Times-bestselling cookbook.

From being named a finalist for a 2022 James Beard Award to appearing on Top Chef: Houston and opening a restaurant during the pandemic, she's been busy!

Today, we catch up with Houston chef and restauranteur Christine Ha. She talks about her projects, including a new campaign to raise awareness of the rare disease that caused her blindness — and, of course, about food!


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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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