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Masterchefs Launch Poverty Campaign

Six former Masterchef contestants taught Melbournians how to cook on a $10 budget at the first ever Live Below the Line Celebrity Cook-off.

To mark the launch of the Live Below the Line anti-poverty campaign, ex-Masterchef contestants Alana Lowes, Dani Venn, Alice Zaslavsky, Beau Cook, Tregan Spiteri, and Keen Poon competed to create the most resourceful dishes on a low budget.

Tregan Spiteri and Keen Poon took out the honours of the day, taking home a signature $2 plaque. Their meals included a chick-pea and tomato meatball dish, a rice dish soaked in peach juice, and a vegetable stir fry made up of leftover ingredients.

The event reflected the nature of the Live Below the Line challenge, in which participants must feed themselves on $2 a day for five days (a total of $10), the Australian equivalent of the extreme poverty line. Over 1.4 billion people worldwide live below this budget.

“The money raised through Live Below the Line will help break the cycle of poverty and provide education and skills training - a basic necessity everyone should enjoy,” Lowes said.

From the 6–10th of May, thousands of Australians will be challenged to cook meals that are appealing and filling with very limited ingredients. Joining these cooks in taking the challenge will be 2011 Masterchef winner Kate Bracks, and a number of other notable Australians including Stephen Curry, Rhiannon Fish, and Chris Cavanagh.

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