Four catering equipment firms have returned to sponsor the seventh Zest Quest Asia Gala Dinner and Awards Night.
Panasonic, Meiko, Regale and Robot Coupe have once again confirmed their sponsorship of the initiative.
The Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala-founded event, aimed at promoting Asian cooking in UK catering colleges, will be held on Friday 7 February 2020 at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 (Hilton T5).
The night will begin with an Asian-inspired canape reception to be prepared by outgoing Zest Quest Asia champions, University of West London, while the dinner will feature a multi-course menu with wines prepared by Cyrus and eminent guest chefs.
Earlier in the day, teams from finalist colleges will be competing in a cook-off. The students, who must have British citizenship or permanent UK residency status, have to demonstrate their talent and flair for Asian cookery.
The prize is a trip to an Asian country, where the winners can immerse themselves in Asian cultures and Asian-inspired experiences. To-date, six college teams have gone on to win the Zest Quest Asia crown. The competition is currently open for entries, while tickets are now onsale for the gala night.
Cyrus Todiwala said: “I want as many people as possible to save the date for our Zest Quest Asia Gala Dinner and Awards Night, and if possible start booking tickets, for a fantastic evening that will cap our 7th Zest Quest Asia competition. I hope that we will be joined by our friends in the hospitality industry and the education and training sector, as well as participating colleges, parents and everyone interested in cheering on and celebrating ambitious and talented student chefs.
“Diaries start filling up this time of the year, and we want to make sure that our Zest Quest Asia Gala Dinner and Awards Night is up there among the events no one can afford to miss.”