The Panasonic and Regale-sponsored Zest Quest Asia Gala Dinner and Awards Night has now opened its ticket sales for this year’s event.
The fifth edition will once again be held at Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 (Hilton T5), this time on Monday 12 February.
The microwave supplier companies have supported the event for the past few years. Restaurateurs Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala, co-proprietors of Café Spice Namaste, first launched Zest Quest Asia in 2013 in collaboration with the Master Chefs of Great Britain. Their aim has been to demystify Asian food and cooking among catering students, so as to entice them towards future careers in Asian cuisine.
Billed as ‘a competition for the 21st century’, Zest Quest Asia recognises the urgent need for a continuous pipeline of skills and knowledge in classical Asian cookery to help sustain Britain’s £4bn Asian food industry.
A number of previous winners have told the Todiwalas that taking home the Zest Quest Asia title had led to a spike in Asian food-related activities and interest back on their home turf.
The competition is open to full-time, permanent UK resident catering students and this year, six more colleges are up for the title of Zest Quest Asia Champions 2018.
Vying for the crown in a cook-off to be held at Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen in Hilton T5, are Colchester Institute, North Hertfordshire College, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield College, University of West London and Westminster Kingsway College. The winners of Zest Quest Asia 2018 will be announced at the awards ceremony punctuating the Gala Dinner.