Indian American actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn won a culinary battle for charity on Fox’s “MasterChef Celebrity Showdown.”
Currently winning audiences’ love on ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” he donated his US$25,000 winnings to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an organisation that aids Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.
Penn tweeted a note on Jan. 4 at 6:00am: “Lots of great, thoughtful questions about how celebs choose their respective NGOs for celebrity Master Chef! Here’s how I chose mine.”
“Only in America can a guy make tacos on Fox TV, almost lose an eye, and win $25,000 to support refugees,” Penn said in his tweet. “We are so fortunate as Americans to live in a country as prosperous as ours.”
Penn edged out “Son of Zorn” actress Cheryl Hines to be crowned as the winner of the culinary competition. The show invites celebrities to cook in a face-off for an opportunity to earn prize money that will go to a non-profit organisation of their choice.
The celebrity contestants were tasked to cook a meal with just one ingredient – beer. While Hines came up with a beer chicken and waffle dish alongside beer orange sauce, Penn conjured up a beer-marinated halibut paired with a beer-based chipotle aïoli.