Woman Blinded in Terrorist Attack Wowing the Judges on Israel’s ‘MasterChef’

January 5, 2014 1:38 pm 4 comments

Perry Shapiro, a contestant on Israel's MaterChef was blinded in a terror attack. Photo: Screenshot.

On the latest episode of the hit Israeli TV cooking competition ‘MasterChef’, a contestant who went blind as a result of a terrorist attack managed to bring the normally stoic and sometimes intimidating panel of judges to tears. Meet Perry Shapiro, Israel’s fast rising reality star.

In 2003, Shapiro was seriously injured when a bus that had pulled up beside her car was blown up by Palestinian Arab terrorists, killing 17 people and injuring dozens more, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

“Before the attack I was a very busy woman, with never a minute to spare. I had earned a PhD in Political Science and Criminology,” says Shapiro, calmly retelling her story to Channel 2. “Suddenly, you have nothing. The second I understood I was bind, I wanted to stop living.”

Yet, after five long years spent in a serious depression, Perry decided to stop letting her blindness stop her from living. Slowly, Perry began to return to the activities she had taken part in with zest before she was maimed. In fact, she not only resumed her life but actually began exploring new pastimes. Besides cooking, Perry soon began taking up new hobbies, such as painting and sculpting.

“5 years ago I finally woke up. I said to myself, ‘I have kids, I have an amazing husband (of 44 years) and I want to live,’” she said.  After years of emotional darkness, Perry returned to her first love: cooking.

“Technically speaking, how can a blind person cook?” was the simple, pointed question posed to Perry by one of MasterChef’s celebrity panelists, Israeli culinary maven Haim Cohen. Perry’s response shed light on how the severely visually impaired can not only survive in society, but thrive: “I put everything on the table in a particular order. I smell everything,” she explained as she demonstrated her cooking technique.

As cited by Channel 2, Perry went on to say that, “I do everything. I’m not afraid. I will no longer give up on the things I want to do. I want to cook. I do not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I simply want to do things like everyone else… and quickly. ”

Will Perry pass the difficult audition process? Tune in Saturday at 9:00 pm (IST) for the answer.

No matter what the outcome of the show, Perry will have already proven to the judges in the studio and to men and women across Israel that there is no stronger force on earth than sheer will power.

4 Comments

  • Too bad the Israeli government cut back on services to the blind and only recently, finally, passed a ruling allowing seeing eye dogs to enter buses and restaurants. Israel is out to lunch unless a disability is somehow related to the army or to terrorism and then they spring into action. The judges were brought to tears? This is because they’re Israelis and haven’t a clue about the blind or disabled. People in wheelchairs are still invisible to them. Ms. Perry is great and I hope she goes far and maybe helps to raise the consciousness of a few Israelis along the way.

  • My grandmother went blind at age 60. She then learnt to knit, and I still have sweaters she made me when i was in high school. She cooked, did laundry, babysat the grandchildren, wore makeup and her glasses. People talking with her often did not realize that she was blind, as she always focused on the person she was addressing. Our only question as kids was : How did she play cards. Since she did everything else, it never occurred to us that she could NOT play cards.
    Only when we went to the Dialogue in the Dark activity at the children’s museum in Holon did we realize that she pent 40 years disabled.

  • Perhaps someone should pass along this story to Yotam Ottolenghi and his business partner, Sammi Tammimi, who helped raise money for the “Bethlehem wall protest” outside St. James Church in Piccadilly, because Palestinians are only “resisting” Israeli “encrouchments” outside the Green Line in a peaceful, non-violent manner.

  • Very good ,inspiring!!!THANKS for sharing this with us!God bless you!

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Education Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    Why We Should Invest in Jewish Children

    JNS.org – My wife Suzy and I will never forget our wedding day. It was not just the uplifting ceremony and beautiful party that left an indelible mark. Some life-altering advice that we received from one of our guests informed and shaped our lives from that day forward. My high school teacher, Rabbi Moshe Yagid, pulled us aside just before the chuppah and challenged us to choose one mitzvah that would be the foundation of our marriage and our lives. He explained [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    LeBron James’ New Coach Shaped by Summer on Kibbutz and Jewish ‘Life Lessons’

    JNS.org – Influenced by his Jewish upbringing and a summer on a kibbutz, basketball coach David Blatt is embarking on his highest-profile challenge yet: coaching LeBron James, the four-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who has made waves for returning to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. After guiding Israel’s storied Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball franchise to its 51st Israeli league championship and 6th Euroleague title this past season, Blatt landed the Cavaliers head-coaching job in June. Just weeks later, [...]

    Read more →
  • Food Jewish Identity Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    Young Syrian Jewish Restauranteur Continues a Family Legacy

    JNS.org – At the turn of the century, a young Jewish immigrant arrived in New York. So begins the history of many American Jewish families. It is 27-year-old Albert Allaham’s story, too, with a few unusual twists. Albert’s “century” is the 21st—he arrived almost 100 years after the massive waves of European Jewish immigration. Rather than coming from a small town along the Danube river, his shtetl was Damascus. His first American business was not a pushcart on the Lower East [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

    Read more →
  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

    Read more →
  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.