With just over a month to go before the 12 June deadline, The Master Chefs of Great Britain is inviting colleges and students involved in culinary education to get their entries in for The Asian Junior Chefs Challenge.
The inaugural competition, masterminded by Cyrus Todiwala, chef patron of Café Spice Namaste and Mr Todiwala's Kitchen, offers a prize of a culinary voyage through Bombay, Delhi and Poona for the winners, return flights and accommodation included.
Students will be required to step up to the challenge of creating a four-course pan-Asian menu. And while the main course should be Indian, for the rest of the menu, participants can choose to prepare dishes reflecting the exotic cuisine of other parts of Asia.
A cook-off between teams making the final cut will be held at Mr Todiwala's Kitchen at Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5 on 20 October 2013, followed by a gala dinner when the winners will be announced.
Realising the value of the £2.5b Asian food industry, a range of key sponsors have lined up their support including Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, Carisma, Cobra, Hilton London Heathrow T5, Oliver Harvey, Panasonic, Ritu, Schwartz and Tilda, as well as Café Spice Namaste and Mr Todiwala's Kitchen.
Cyrus Todiwala said: I'm very pleased to hear that colleges and universities recognise the importance of world cuisine and the value of the Asian cuisine industry and are submitting entries to The Asian Junior Chefs Challenge.
"Asian cuisine will only become more prominent in the coming years. I'm so pleased The Master Chefs of Great Britain have thrown their full weight behind this."