Cyrus Todiwala has launched the search for his Zest Quest Asia 2018 champions at the annual PACE conference gala dinner in Liverpool.
In the presence of over a hundred lecturers and other representatives from Britain’s catering education sector, Todiwala revealed that since the inauguration of Zest Quest Asia in 2013, over 50 colleges of varying sizes had expressed an interest in entering the competition, which is designed to channel home-grown culinary talent to careers in the Asian food sector and is organised in collaboration with the Master Chefs of Great Britain. Some 20 colleges had gone on to cook off in the finals.
His presentation came just days after 2017 winners University College Birmingham returned from their trip to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe and Osaka in Japan, sponsored by Panasonic.
“With Zest Quest Asia, I want students to learn the depths of Asian food,” said Todiwala. “The whole idea has been to captivate young minds and create geniuses in Asian cuisine. I had always hoped but never realised how the competition it would grow. But I am here to urge all colleges to grab this chance not only to win a fabulous prize, but to be part of a movement that I hope one day will see classical Asian cuisine on the curriculum.”
To submit expressions of interest and for details of how to enter Zest Quest Asia 2018, colleges should visit www.zestquestasia.com. The deadline for entries is 27th October 2017.