Dalai Lama On Masterchef Australia Does This Give Reality TV Credibility?
I was surprised when I read in the Daily Telegraph today that the Dalai Lama will be a guest judge on Masterchef Australia filming today.
Does the Dalai Lama’s, a spiritual leader, give reality TV and Masterchef Australia a new credibility or will this detract from his “brand”? Will we see George Pell staring in next year’s Dancing With The Stars?
The article states:
His Holiness is set to be the guest judge in an episode of MasterChef being filmed in Melbourne today.
The Dalai Lama will join Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan to taste dishes prepared by the seven contestants left in the competition.
Preston admits the spiritual leader’s decision to appear on MasterChef is a shock but makes sense.
“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,” Preston said.
The episode, being filmed at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, will feature a range of dishes specially designed for the Dalai Lama by the seven contestants.
MasterChef executive producer Caroline Spencer said landing the Dalai Lama was a coup.
She said 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,” she 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.”
Well it will certainly be an interesting episode, and maybe the Pope could consider being on The Bachelor.