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Dalai Lama to appear as guest judge on Australian 'MasterChef'

June 11, 2011 - Melbourne

Australian 'Masterchef' host, Matt Preston has confirmed that the Dalai Lama would be appearing as a guest judge in an episode of the cooking show.

"The Dalai Lama is famously quoted as saying, 'I sometimes think that the act of bringing food is one of the basic roots of all relationships' and this is what we aspire to on MasterChef," quoted Preston as saying.

The episode, which was filmed at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, would feature a range of dishes specially designed for the Dalai Lama by the seven contestants.

'MasterChef' executive producer Caroline Spencer said that landing the Dalai Lama was a coup.

She said that his MasterChef appearance was the brainchild of renowned chef Kylie Kwong.

"Kylie is a Buddhist who is also part of the MasterChef family. She has cooked for His Holiness before," Spencer said.

"He will be eating the food that the contestants will be cooking for him.

"Due to his beliefs, he won't be judging in the strictest sense of the word (giving contestants the thumbs up or thumbs down for their dishes a la Preston, Calombaris and Mehigan) because he is unwilling to pass judgment," she added.


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