MasterChef Australia 2013 contestant Rishi Desai has helped raise over $385,000 during the Act for Peace Ration Challenge last week. The fundraising initiative, run by international aid agency Act for Peace, challenged people from around Australia to eat the exact same Rations as a Burmese refugee for during Refugee Week, June 14th-20th. Participants received a ration kit at the start of the week that comprised a small amount of split peas, salt, oil, flour and fish paste.
Rishi supported the 1,500 Ration Challenge participants by providing recipes and tips on how to best cook the limited rations. He said: “Being part of the Ration Challenge made me realise the struggle refugees face getting a square meal everyday while we take our food for granted. I hope the recipes help with this challenge and raise awareness about the refugee struggle in our community.”
Rishi’s Ration Challenge recipes were a far cry from the delicious and inspired Indian cuisine that made him a viewers’ favourite on Australia’s most popular cooking show. With the restricted ration ingredients of rice, split peas, salt, flour, oil and a small amount of fish, Rishi served up some creative ideas for participants including fish parathas, rice with tadka dal, flavoured vegetable oil, fried rice and fish ravioli.
Participants from all over Australia agreed the challenge was tough, but worth it.