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Master Chef sensation Christine Ha brings star power to first Sushi Sake Samurai

Master Chef Christine Ha brings star power to first Sushi Sake Samurai

Chef Yutaka Yamato, Christine Ha, Chef Michael Scott, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Yutaka Yamato, Christine Ha, Michael Scott Photo by Alice Guardado
Laura Baldwin, Patrick Esquerre, Jane Mullins, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Laura Baldwin, Patrick Esquerre, Jane Mullins Photo by Alice Guardado
John Lill, Veletta Lill, Philip Kingston at Sushi, Sake, Samurai
John Lill, Veletta Lill, Philip Kingston Photo by Alice Guardado
Jessica Young, Jihane Boury, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Jessica Young, Jihane Boury Photo by Alice Guardado
Andrew Marcus, Marci Orr, Brian Orr, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Andrew Marcus, Marci Orr, Brian Orr Photo by Alice Guardado
Joe Mannes, Tori Mannes, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Joe Mannes, Tori Mannes Photo by Alice Guardado
Joseph Hernandez, Jeremy Ratcliff, Michael Veale, Paul Polance, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Joseph Hernandez, Jeremy Ratcliff, Michael Veale, Paul Polance Photo by Alice Guardado
Brit Stock, Melissa Reddick, Vanessa Stock, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Brit Stock, Melissa Reddick, Vanessa Stock Photo by Alice Guardado
Ellison Hurt, Courtney Marcus, Andrew Marcus, Teri Walker, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Ellison Hurt, Courtney Marcus, Andrew Marcus, Teri Walker Photo by Alice Guardado
Mike Rose, Irene Rose, Sushi. Sake, Samurai
Mike Rose, Irene Rose Photo by Alice Guardado
Chef Yutaka Yamato, Christine Ha, Chef Michael Scott, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Laura Baldwin, Patrick Esquerre, Jane Mullins, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
John Lill, Veletta Lill, Philip Kingston at Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Jessica Young, Jihane Boury, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Andrew Marcus, Marci Orr, Brian Orr, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Joe Mannes, Tori Mannes, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Joseph Hernandez, Jeremy Ratcliff, Michael Veale, Paul Polance, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Brit Stock, Melissa Reddick, Vanessa Stock, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Ellison Hurt, Courtney Marcus, Andrew Marcus, Teri Walker, Sushi, Sake, Samurai
Mike Rose, Irene Rose, Sushi. Sake, Samurai

What: Sushi, Sake, Samurai

Where: Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection at Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar

The 411: Houston chef and Master Chef champion Christine Ha was the star guest at this inaugural fundraiser, which benefited Reading & Radio Resource, whose mission is to create specialized audio content for children and adults with unique reading and learning needs, including those with vision loss. Ha made reality TV history as the first blind contestant on the Fox program — then went on to win the competition. In addition to viewing the impressive samurai collection, guests got to sample signature dishes from Yutaka Sushi Bistro and participate in an authentic sake ceremony. Ticket and raffle sales alone generated an impressive $46,000.

Who: Chefs Yutaka Yamato and Michael Scott, Tori and Joe Mannes, Irene and Mike Rose, Patrick Esquerre, Veletta Lill, Philip Kingston, and Teri Walker.