Actor Kal Penn has donated $25,000 to a Palestinian refugee agency after winning celebrity Masterchef.
Penn, who has featured in hit shows Designated Survivor and House, said he was “thrilled” to help the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
The 39-year-old has a political career outside of acting. He served as co-chair for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 and is a former official in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
During Monday’s cooking showdown, Penn beat his rival Cheryl Hines to claim the $25,000 prize.
He said: “Only in America can a guy make tacos on Fox TV, almost lose an eye, and win $25,000 to support Palestinian refugees.
“I’m thrilled to be helping UNRWA do its critical work in Gaza and Syria.
“They’re a lifeline for so many families that have been struggling for decades to meet their basic needs and achieve their rights.”
The UNRWA provides humanitarian support to Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. Its American branch is called UNRWA USA.
Penn sent a series of tweets to his followers urging them to watch the episode and explaining why he was supporting the refugee agency.