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The student chef's competition for the 21st century

Zest Quest Asia was founded in 2013 by Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala, with the support of The Master Chefs of Great Britain, to address the gaps in skills and knowledge of classical Asian cuisine about by and to stimulate interest in Asian cookery as a viable, long-term career. Now in its fifth year, there is every indication that the competition has found its firm supporters in the hospitality industry as well as the wider business community.

Guest speaker Andrew Wong, Chef Patron of Michelin-starred restaurant, A.Wong, cited the many myths behind Chinese cuisine, while Sir David Brewer KG CMG CVO JP, former Lord Lieutenant of London, led grace before the 4-course dinner prepared by Cyrus Todiwala and his team. This year too, Emmy-nominated TV chef Ching He-Huang joined the panel of judges comprising Chairman of Judges, Andrew Bennett, Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala of Café Spice Namasté, Steve Munkley of Royal Garden Hotel, Clive Roberts of Master Chefs of Great Britain, and Murray Chapman of Passion to Inspire. The evening was emceed by Andrew Merrett, Marketing and Communications Director of leading hospitality and catering company CH&Co Group. Ken Hom OBE, the American chef, author and TV presenter, in a message sent to the Todiwalas before the Gala Dinner, said ‘Although I am unable to be at the 2018 Zest Quest Asia Gala Dinner and Awards, I would like to wish Chef Cyrus Todiwala and everyone much success with the evening.  As an advocate for Asian foods, I am also delighted to see that Asian cuisine is now part of the DNA of British food culture.’

Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL said, ‘I am touched and truly overwhelmed by the support that our friends in industry and beyond have shown to Zest Quest Asia this year. We cannot thank them enough. What’s more, my fellow judges and I have been more impressed than ever at the standard and drive of the competitors. Zest Quest Asia, which is rigorous to begin with, seems to attract those who want to win something big, and there are few things that are more important to our industry today than the future of Asian cuisine. Congratulation to University of West London and all the other winners and participants.’

Zest Quest Asia’s gold sponsors are Tilda, Panasonic, Koppertcress, Hilton, Regale, Cobra Beer, Bidfood and Glengoyne.

"The experience was a great gift to us. Thank you for giving us such a great opportunity."

- Cela Ghale, Doncaster College, Finalist, Zest Quest Asia 2015

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