Zest Quest Asia was founded as the ‘Asian Junior Chefs Challenge’ by London-based restauranteurs

Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala in 2013 in collaboration

with the Master Chefs of Great Britain.

The first competition finals took place in 2014,

after which it was re-branded and known as Zest Quest Asia.

The founders envisioned Zest Quest Asia as a culinary

competition that would help raise the profile of Asian cuisine

and cookery as a future career for budding chefs in Britain.

 Zest Quest Asia would also be a ground-breaking step

towards battling the growing skills shortage in the UK’s

professional Asian kitchens.

An ultimate goal for Zest Quest Asia is the enshrinement of

classical Asian cookery in the school and college curriculum.


So far, 6 ambitious colleges represented by hard-working teams

of 3 and their tutors have won the Zest Quest Asia title,

beating other finalists at a cook off and knowledge presentation.


Each year the winners enjoy at least one week in an exciting

Asian culinary capital. Zest Quest Asia’s champions have visited

New Delhi/Mumbai, Bangkok, Colombo, Tokyo/Osaka and Hanoi & Manila.


Zest Quest Asia enjoys invaluable support from many corners of the hospitality and catering industry.Some of the hospitality industry’s leading lights have given their time to judge

Zest Quest Asia, including:


Chairman of Judges - Andrew Bennett MBE

Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL

Pervin Todiwala

Clive Roberts

Murray Chapman

Steve Munkley

Guest Judges

Tony Singh MBE

Ching He-Huang

Sarah Hartnett

Invaluable sponsorship in cash and kind have come from great friends,  both individuals and companies,who share Zest Quest Asia’s mission to make a difference.

About Zest Quest Asia

"We are developing a pipeline of young home grown cooks who truly understand and have the ability to prepare food in an authentic Asian style, using classical Asian techniques.

They are the future of our industry"

Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL / Founder of Zest Quest Asia