Todiwala congratulates Zest Quest finalists

Twelve students from 10 colleges across the UK will be advancing to the next stage of the Zest Quest Asia Tilda Challenge, the virtual spin-off to Zest Quest Asia, the national student culinary competition founded by restaurateurs Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala with the Master Chefs of Great Britain.

Launched in January 2021 and sponsored by Tilda Foodservice, the Zest Quest Asia Tilda Challenge attracted more than 90 entries from over two dozen colleges. So high was the calibre of submissions that the judges – the Todiwalas, chefs Murray Chapman and Steve Munkley, and Jo Witchell of Tilda Foodservice – made the decision to double the number of finalists from the originally planned six to 12.

Cyrus Todiwala said: “I would like to congratulate all of our Zest Quest Asia Tilda Challenge finalists. To those who didn’t make it this time, never give up as there will be many other opportunities for you to showcase your talent and ambition.

“We are proud of you all and it really was a challenge for the judges amid so many spectacular efforts. I want to thank Chef Sey Millington in particular for undertaking the heroic task of helping us to collate all 92 entries from 27 colleges.”

The finalists will now compete at a live, online cook-off to be held in the kitchens of their respective colleges on 31st March. For more information, go to