Passion for Asian Cookery? Enter Zest Quest Asia

If you have a passion for Asian cooking ...
Enter Zest Quest Asia if you have a passion for Asian cooking

Cookery students: if you think you have a knack for vibrant Asian cookery, then you’ll want to enter Zest Quest Asia.

Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE FIH has just launched Zest Quest Asia – the new name for the Asian Junior Chefs’ Challenge ‒ along with the MasterChefs of Great Britain (MCGB). Chef Cyrus knows a thing or two about Asian cooking – he owns the delightful traditional Indian restaurant Cafe Spice Namaste in London, the elegant and upmarket Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at Heathrow’s Hilton and the brand new Assado restaurant at Waterloo Station, which offers a fusion of Indian, Goan, Portuguese and Brazilian cuisines. M-m-mm!

The aim of Cyrus and the MCGB’s Zest Quest Asia contest is to get home-grown chefs to show the “excitement and fervour, delicacy and elegance” of Indian cuisine and culture and to raise awareness of, and interest in, Asian cuisine here in Great Britain.

    This competition is open to college students who hold a British passport and are permanent residents in Great Britain. There is no age limit.
    Teams of three students should produce a four course authentic meal based on the cuisine of Pan Asian countries with the main ingredient being produced in Britain.
  • WHEN:
    Entries are now being accepted until 20 June. Entry forms are available from Sue McGeever at

There are plenty of prizes, but the three overall winners and their lecturer will get a seven-day culinary experience in a Pan-Asian country. Last year’s winning team of three from Westminster Kingsway College in London got to travel to India on a culinary learning trip through key Indian cities. This really is the chance of a lifetime for budding chefs with an interest in Asian cuisine.

Hurry and enter now. The contest closes on 20 June 2014. Entry forms can be found HERE.


n its second year, the competition has been rebranded to help convey the “excitement and fervour, delicacy and elegance” of Indian cuisine and culture, and set it apart from other competitions, it was confirmed. It aims to raise awareness of and interest in Asian cuisine among home-grown chefs.

Todiwala – who has just opened new restaurant Assado in London’s Waterloo ‒ announced the competition launch at the annual conference of the Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE).

It requires students from catering colleges across the UK to cook a four-course, pan-Asian menu, and make a presentation on their knowledge of Asia, the evolution of international cuisines, and sustainability issues.

Entries are now being accepted until 20 June. Entry forms are available from Sue McGeever at

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Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen

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