The search for the next Zest Quest Asia champion is officially on. Colleges across the UK have been invited to enter Zest Quest Asia 2019, the student catering competition that recognises outstanding talent, knowledge and understanding of Asian cuisine.
Founded by Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala in collaboration with the Master Chefs of Great Britain, Zest Quest Asia is now in its sixth year. The competition is open to full-time students with permanent residency status in the UK. Colleges are invited to field teams of three students (plus their tutor) who vie for a first prize consisting of a Seven- to 10-day culinary-infused educational trip to an Asian capital.
Cyrus Todiwala said: “Zest Quest Asia is an exciting and challenging competition for student chefs who dare to be the best in Asian cuisine. We know that in the six years since we launched, we’ve already made a difference simply by making students and teachers aware of the depth of skills and knowledge that goes into preparing good Asian food.
“Students who become adept at Asian cuisine in Britain are the pioneers and ‘disruptors’, choosing something outside the normal comfort zone of classical Western cookery. And they’re helping their careers too, because more than ever palates are yearning for Asian flavours. I strongly urge colleges, big and small, to enter Zest Quest Asia. On top of everything, you will be making a big difference to the student experience.”
The deadline for entries is 26th October 2018. The shortlist will be revealed in early December, with the final cook off and gala dinner to be held on 8th February 2018 at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.