Last night was exciting. I missed a few parts but overall was challenging. Kurt "The Irish Chef" Ramborger made his debut on television, not as an actor but as a chef. While I know a chef who is deaf personally, I had wondered when we would see one of our own in shows like this, where real life is subjected to challenges, not to be thoroughly dissected, options only, lines blurred such as on television shows.
There were only two other reality shows that portrayed deaf people such as "Survivor" (Christy Smith), "The Celebrity Apprentice" (Marlee Maitlin) and "The Amazing Race" (Luke Adams). I am not fond of reality shows which I just mentioned, I think it has to do with whether it is really a challenge or something behind the scenes that we do not know what is going on. Reality shows such as "Chopped" actually showcase skills against other equally (or so) skilled people.
Another deaf person I know is struggling with becoming a chef. There is a process to how one becomes successful in a profession such as culinary arts, businesses, or the art world. The question we often ask ourselves is "are we being held back because we are deaf?" This is not a new question, this is often asked in places of employment, in fields we are interested in pursuing and just plain employment. Maybe we are, maybe we are not. That information is not privileged or readily available because communication is a barrier.
Honestly, communication often is not a barrier for us because we can reach into our bag of communication tools and find what fits whichever situation we are in. It is the other side that freaks out when communication - a different type - comes in the picture. Not everyone freaks out really, seriously, we have had people breezing through the communication we use, or change the tool to effectively communicate. I could be signing to someone, making a order, and this person will go get a paper and pencil. How proud I am of that person!
Kurt was chopped off the second round because he left skin on the lamb fries (testicles!) although the rest of his meal was delicious according to the judges (rats! who thought of mozzarella?). One of the chefs (a lady) works with a deaf chef in her restaurant (or restaurants?), experience tells you more about a person than just presumption (which we all love to do, right?). Kurt left the arena, not just showing he showcased his skills, also that he left an impression upon the judges. Challenges is what he will make and eat himself.
I found it particularly amusing that ZVRS had a commercial too during this episode. So "Chopped" and The Food Network really expanded their repertoire. Let us see some more!!!
Food for thoughts?
If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. ~Pat Riley
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.