Talk about a unique opportunity! Late last year WÜSTHOF Canada was contacted by the producers of the Four Senses Food Series, a cooking show geared towards the visually impaired. The producers had heard about - and personally used - our knives and wanted us to be the official knife provider for the show. We were quick to jump on board especially with the stellar cast and celebrity guests lined up for season two.
Four Senses is co-hosted by Christine Ha and Carl Heinrich. Christine was the first blind cook to ever win MasterChef USA competition in 2012. She joined the show because it reaches the community she belongs to, and helps others learn to get back in the kitchen and enjoy the cooking experience. Carl Heinrich has a passion for fresh and local foods, and built a very successful restaurant in the Richmond Hill area of Toronto with the prize money he won as Top Chef Canada 2012.
You may be wondering how a TV show for the blind works. Basically, while the show is visual because it’s on TV, every episode contains a ton of audio description. There is constant narration of what’s going on in the kitchen, what they're doing, explanation of how things feel or smell or sound.
At the end of filming, the production crew did something really fantastic. They auctioned off all of the products used in the kitchen to their staff with the purpose of donating the money to the Canadian Helen Keller Centre in Toronto. When asked if we wanted our products to be included, obviously our answer was yes! The WÜSTHOF knives ended up raising $500 that will help the training centre provide services to Canadians who are deaf-blind.
WÜSTHOF Canada was invited to the set during filming in the Fall, and it was there that we directly connected with Christine and Carl. Christine was so impressed with our knives, she actually reached out to us after filming wrapped for a very unique reason. She had a very specific need for a very specific (and sharp) knife. Click here to read about Christine's knife challenge and how WÜSTHOF helped her overcome it!
Four Senses is currently airing on the Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) Network.
Click here to watch online.