Cooking with sight loss: Paralympian Lora Fachie’s masterclass

Mark joins Paralympic gold medalist and the creator of the ‘Blindingly Good Food’ blog, Lora Fachie, for a cooking master class.

Learn how to make a delicious Chicken Mango Stir-fry and gain useful knowledge, tricks and solutions for preparing food independently.


In this video visually impaired Paralympian Lora Fachie shares her skills and techniques for cooking healthily and safely in the kitchen. The video is part of a series that aims to assist individuals with sight loss in cooking independently.

Mark from Henshaws, introduces Lora Fachie, a gold-winning Paralympian in cycling who has been blind from birth. Lora demonstrates how to prepare a chicken mango stir-fry, explaining that stir-fries are simple and require only one pan, making it easier for visually impaired individuals to manage in the kitchen. She emphasises the importance of doing as much preparation as possible before starting to cook, ensuring a smooth and organised cooking process.

Throughout the video, Lora uses various kitchen tools, such as Joseph Joseph chopping boards, a silicon garlic peeler, and a mango cutter from Lakeland, to aid in the preparation process. She demonstrates how she uses her sense of touch to slice and chop ingredients safely.

Lora includes a variety of vegetables in the stir-fry, emphasising the nutritional benefits of colourful vegetables. She advises using a longer handle wooden spoon and larger pans to prevent accidents and make stirring easier.

As the cooking progresses, Lora adds the prepped ingredients, including the chilli, garlic, ginger, chicken, and vegetables, to the pan. She flavours the stir-fry with soy sauce and adds noodles. Throughout the process, Lora encourages viewers to adapt techniques to suit their individual needs and preferences.

The video concludes with Lora and Mark enjoying the prepared chicken mango stir-fry. Lora encourages viewers to take their time, enjoy the cooking process, and not be afraid to find their own methods in the kitchen. She emphasises that the ability to cook independently empowers individuals with sight loss to care for themselves and their loved ones.

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