Narrowing the Gap - Connecting Food Industry Employers and Iowans with Disabilities


Emily (left) and Christine Ha (right)

November 14 at Des Moines Area Community College - co-sponsored by IVRS

Christine Ha came to Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to talk about her experience of being a blind individual and winning in season three of Food Network's MasterChef, with Gordon Ramsay. Christine spoke to employers of hiring people with disabilities in the food service industry. She also recognized individuals who have not only gone above and beyond in this field, but who wish to continue exploring opportunities for additional training in food services.

Emily was honored at this event for her hard work and dedication in the classroom and vocational experiences. Emily went above and beyond in the food service industry by taking part in a summer long internship opportunity with Sodexo. At the end of this opportunity, she had so impressed Sodexo that she was offered paid employment, all because they did not want to lose Emily's expertise!

Emily now plans to finish her academic credits and enroll in Culinary school at DMACC.