What many people can’t do with both hands, she does with none – Maricel Apatan, the chef without hands

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Most of us are great believers of ‘luck’; for most of us life is all about luck. Whenever something bad happens, we mark it as our ‘bad luck’ isn’t it? Destiny is a good thing to accept when it’s going our way,  when it isn’t, we simply call it injustice or our bad luck. Robert Collier once said ‘All of us have bad luck and good luck. The man who persists through the bad luck – who keeps right on going, is the man who is there when the good luck comes and is ready to receive it.’

Maricel Apatan, an armless chef,  is one such fine example, who struggled through the phase when life seemed to be crushing, but never chose to give up. Instead of cursing God, she chose to move on and today, seeing her using her wrists in incredible ways will surely boggle your mind.

I wanted others living with disabilities to believe it’s possible to live a normal life.

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At the tender age of 11, Maricel Aptan lost both her arms in an unwanted accident. She had to depend on her mother to do everything that she needed to do. Yet, her desire to become a chef without hands paid off over years of determination.

In 2008 Maricel Apatan graduated from a course in hotel and restaurant management. She even received a gold medal for arts and crafts. In 2011, she finished her education to be a chef. Yes, a chef without hands. Today Maricel Apatan, 23, is a pastry chef in the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Manila, who creates delicious and unique cakes.

UH Morning Star: Maricel Apatan 'The Amazing Chef'

Baking would seem to be a routine task for a pastry chef, but Maricel is no ordinary chef – she has no hands. She delicately decorates each cake and gives an interesting touch to everything she bakes. Her disability barely slows her down. Maricel Apatan is the inspiration to the society that requires us to be perfect. She is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary determination. Maricel Apatan showed the world, even if you don’t have hands, you can have the passion to overcome every difficulty that lies out in front of you.

In the words of Anne Bradstreet ‘If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.’ So whenever something bad happens to you, when you think you have seen worst in life and complain about your pain and struggles, the story of Maricel Apatan will strongly inspire you to believe in the word ‘Hope’ – that there is still hope in everything. Destiny is the path that we choose; not what is given. No barrier can stand in the way of the human spirit, when it is awakened. With unwavering faith and tireless efforts, we can certainly pick our goal and attain it.

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Kakoli Mahanta

Kakoli Mahanta

A post graduate in Economics, Kakoli Partha Mahanta worked for corporate finance sector for about 7 years. Mother of a cute 2 year baby girl, Kakoli is currently located in Bangalore, India, flourishing her writing skill.

3 Responses

  1. yajat says:

    very nice liked it

  2. yajat says:

    very nice liked it really

  3. gopal sharma says:

    Lovely…..a girl who is very strong and now a cheif even without having hands