Dalai Lama is surprise guest on Aussie "MasterChef"

Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:27pm EDT

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrives for a public talk at the University of Illinois Chicago Pavilion in Chicago, July 17, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrives for a public talk at the University of Illinois Chicago Pavilion in Chicago, July 17, 2011.

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NEW YORK (TheWrap) What is the sound of one hand clapping? We have no idea.

What we do know is that the Dalai Lama appeared as a judge on Monday's edition of "MasterChef." Well, the Australian version, anyway.

The show's producers stunned contestants with the announcement that they'd be cooking for the Tibetan spiritual leader. But they needn't have felt any pressure, as the Dalai Lama turned out to be the world's least-intimidating judge.

"As a Buddhist monk, it is not right to prefer this food or that food," he opined.

The Dalai Lama's most critical comment about the dishes he was served was that the contestant who served undercooked gnocchi had "tried their best."

Check out his performance in these admittedly poor-quality videos we found on YouTube. And while watching, try not to feel embarrassed about how much more multicultural the Australian version of "MasterChef" is than the U.S. one. here

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