New City College Simply the Best at Zest Quest Asia 2019

New City College has been crowned the winner of Tilda’s ‘Best Use of Rice’ category at Zest Quest Asia 2019.

Student chefs Siven Pillay, Ella Langley and Jane Bryan Brown were awarded the Tilda trophy after impressing the judges with their Malaysian menu featuring national dish Nasi Lemak. A fragrant Malay dish using Tilda Jasmine Rice cooked in coconut milk with star anise, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and pandan – creatively served in a traditional banana leaf.

For dessert the talented team created Burbur Pulut Hitman using Tilda Arborio rice, a traditional Indonesian sweet rice pudding infused with pandan and cane sugar accompanied with a flattened rice crisp also made from Arborio


Speaking at the glittering awards, Zest Quest judge Johanna Witchell, Commercial Marketing Manager, Tilda UK said:

“A massive congratulations to New City College, from all of us at Tilda. The dishes were a real celebration of how vibrant and exciting Asian cuisine is, and the use of Tilda speciality rice was exceptional. Under immense pressure, Siven, Ella and Jane really delivered on the day and I’m delighted to be able to present the Tilda trophy to three very deserving winners.”

Along with the coveted trophy, Tilda’s ‘Best Use of Rice’ category offers an all-expenses paid package to London. The trip will include a visit to Tilda’s state-of-the art rice mill, an overnight stay at the brand new Hilton Curio in Canary Wharf, as well as a VIP 5-course dinner at Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, as a guest of Cyrus Todiwala and Tilda. The educational prize will be invaluable to the students as they continue to develop their knowledge of Asian cuisine, and the role of speciality rice in creating award-winning dishes.

The gala dinner held at Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, was hosted by BBC Radio 2 food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, with legendary chef Ken Hom OBE as a special guest.  Earlier in the day, teams from six colleges competed in a tense cook-off, which saw University of West London crowned the 2019 Zest Quest Asia winners, winning a culinary trip to Manila to experience its new Asian cookery centre.

Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala founded Zest Quest Asia in collaboration with the Master Chefs of Great Britain, to inspire students across the UK to consider Asian cookery as a future career – Tilda has been a proud supporter of Zest Quest Asia since its launch six years ago. The competition aims to help stem the skills shortage in Asian cuisine threatening the £4 billion Asian food industry, as well as to encourage educationalists to include classical Asian cookery in the curriculum.


To view the winning recipes – click here