Contestants on MasterChef Australia were very surprised when they got a special surprise visitor. His Holiness the Dalai Lama became a surprise guest on the show and was able to taste the culinary dishes created by the contestants with him in mind.
The seven remaining amateur chef’s were given the challenge to create a vegetarian meal that was inspired by the Dalai Lama’s philosophies. Some coaching came from celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, a practicing Buddhist, who gave hints to the Dalai Lama’s favorite foods which included mushrooms, coriander, cheese and tofu.
During a three hour cookout the “MasterChef” competitors came up with some very interesting and tasty culinary dishes. The cuisine’s put before the Dalai Lama included “Buddhist’s Delight” with mushrooms and coriander dumplings, goat’s cheese tortellini, steamed coconut pudding with mangosteen and a coconut crème anglaise sauce, vegetarian curry with roti, Japanese noodle consommé with Shitake mushrooms, a Sri Lankan vegetarian curry with roti, and a Middle Eastern feast with flatbread.
The Dalai Lama tasted each dish, but keeping true to his philosophies refused to pass judgement. “As a Buddhist monk, I have no right to prefer this food to that food. Anything I am offered, I must accept,” His Holiness said on the show.
One contestant presented her food with tears in her eyes because of a kitchen disaster during cook time. The Dalai Lama moved many on set to tears when he took her hand and bowed which in Buddhist tradition is an act of forgiveness and grace.
“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness,” is one of the Dalai Lama’s most famous quotes. Even on MasterChef Australia he kept true to his philosophies and anyone who has seen him can understand why he is such a beautiful spiritual leader.