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Yesterday, I talked about , Laura Martinez, the blind lady who wanted to, trained for, and became a chef.

Don’t ya just love a happy ending, especially one as juicy as this one?

Charlie Trotter job offer makes blind chef’s dreams come true

Tribune profiled woman’s quest in December

By Rex W. Huppke, Tribune reporter

January 27, 2010

In late December, the Tribune profiled a young blind woman chasing her dream of becoming a chef. Laura Martinez will finish her work at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary program at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago this spring, but she was worried her disability might make it difficult to find work doing what she loves.

Passionate about food and, according to the head of the program, tremendously skilled, Martinez’s worries are now over.

A producer for CBS “The Early Show” read the Tribune story and decided to send a crew to report on Martinez. To add a twist, CBS arranged for renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter to come with them to watch Martinez at work in the cafeteria kitchen at the Chicago Lighthouse, a center for people who are blind or visually impaired.

“We thought he’d go, he’d offer some encouragement and that would be that,” said Robert Kozberg of CBS.

Instead, the chef offered Martinez a job.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/ct-met-blind-chef-20100127,0,6107489.story

Behind the scenes at Charlie Trotter’s, from the very fine, and ironically named (at least in this case) blog, “Taste With the Eyes”, from Lori Lynn. Visit her blog here:

http://www.tastewiththeeyes.com/

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