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Blind Culinary Student Lands Cooking Spot at Charlie Trotter's

Blind Culinary Student Lands Cooking Spot at Charlie Trotter's

Last night's CBS Evening News profiled Laura Martinez, a culinary student at Le Cordon Bleu Chicago who is completely blind. The visually impaired chef expressed concern about about landing a job in a true restaurant kitchen; as a surprise, CBS arranged for the young chef to meet Chicago haute cuisine king Charlie Trotter. But no one was prepared for the real shocker: an invitation from Trotter for Martinez to work the line at his flagship restaurant.

I've always believed that cooking employs all five senses, yet I'm still blown away that this determined young woman can handle the flames, the chaos, the general danger of cooking in a restaurant kitchen. I'm also touched by Trotter's offer. Watch the video and share your thoughts after the break.


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Do you think Martinez has a bright future in the kitchen?

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fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
What the world perceives as a "disability" can often produce brilliant results!
girlA girlA 6 years
Wonderful! I don't see why she won't thrive in the biz--she's already accomplished so much!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
Great story and yes, I hope so!
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