Food preparation equipment manufacturer Robot-Coupe presented a special prize to this year’s winners of Zest Quest Asia, Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala’s competition to teach culinary students about Asian cooking.
The victorious team for the second year running was the University of West London. Jamie Clews, key account manager at Robot-Coupe presented the students with a state of the art Robot Cook cooking cutter blender. The team and their tutor also won a 7-day educational trip to Manila, the Philippines, and will be joined by Cyrus Todiwala on the journey.
Some 300 representatives of the UK culinary education, food and drink, and equipment sectors attended the Zest Quest Asia Gala Dinner and Awards Night 2019 held on Friday 8 February at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.
Microwave supplier Regale also sponsored the event.
Leading the judging panel was chairman Andrew Bennett. Fellow judges were Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala of Café Spice Namaste and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, Steve Munkley of the Royal Garden Hotel, Clive Roberts of Master Chefs of Great Britain, and Murray Chapman of Passion to Inspire. The evening was emceed by Nigel Barden, the BBC broadcaster, food and drink journalist, and chef.
Cyrus Todiwala commented: “Zest Quest Asia was always going to be a strong student competition because of its rigour and ambition. Every year we’ve enjoyed the great support of friends and colleagues from industry and beyond.
“But this year, our sixth, we are extremely grateful for how we’ve been able to move to an entirely new level. You could see it in the effort and determination of students to win, and the passion of everyone involved in creating a positive buzz around Zest Quest Asia. You could see it in the quality of entries and finished menus and in the incredible support that the finalists generally received from their colleges.
“Unfortunately, there could only be one overall winner, and this year University of West London did it again. Congratulations to them and to the other teams who all proved their mettle in a tough competition.”