Zest Quest Asia is a team competition designed to demonstrate the student competitor’s technical expertise, creativity, knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Asian cuisine.

The winning team will win the opportunity of a lifetime

to embark on a culinary study tour to an Asian destination.


Prizes will also be awarded for:

Dish of the Day

Least Food Wasted

Best Use of Rice

Best Presented Menu


Best Use of Living Ingredient.


This competition is open to college students enrolled

on a full time, recognised catering course, and who are

permanent residents of the United Kingdom. 


Students who are in the UK short-term

or under a student visa are excluded

from entering the competition. 

There is NO age limit.

Entry Requirements

Competition Rules






Teams are to be made up of three students and one lecturer/mentor. There are no limits to the number

of teams any one institution can enter.

Each team should produce a three-course, authentic/classical meal for two, based on the cuisine of Asia, with efforts to use British produce

as the main ingredient in each course.

The presentation of the dishes can be modernised, but the essence of the dishes must remain authentic with a focus on traditional cooking techniques

and ingredients.

 No drinks are required unless we ask you to pair a dish with a sponsor’s beverage OR the tradition of your dish includes a beverage. 

No additional marks will be given for drinks presented that do not fall under the above criteria.

Each team will be able to appoint a lecturer to work

with them to assist with their research and paper entry, and if the team is selected,

be present at the cook off.

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Applications are now open for 2022 entry!

For information about future registration

please contact us using the form on the left.

Highlights of the 2020 Competition

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