Regale Microwaves backs campaign to bring through next generation of chefs

Patrick Bray

Long-serving commercial microwave specialist, Regale Microwaves, is donating £500 to Springboard’s FutureChef programme at the Zest Quest Asia gala dinner and awards ceremony.

Taking place on 13th February, Zest Quest Asia’s FutureChef programme has been designed to inspire 12-16 year old school children to cook.

Regale has been a gold sponsor of Zest Quest Asia since it was first launched four years ago by Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala, in collaboration with the Master Chefs of Great Britain.

By supporting programmes such as Zest Quest Asia and FutureChef, Regale says it is contributing to educating the future generation of chefs and securing UK talent for the benefit of the industry to ensure a lasting impact on the knowledge and skills of full-time catering students

Long-standing ambassador of Springboard and a FutureChef judge, Cyrus Todiwala, said: “It is important to expose our children to life skills such as cooking and to attract young people into the hospitality industry.  By working in association with programmes such as Springboard’s FutureChef, Zest Quest Asia can contribute to, as well as benefit from, the affiliation to further expose budding chefs to Asian cuisine.

“Regale’s gesture of support for FutureChef at Zest Quest Asia’s gala dinner makes it abundantly clear that we are serious in our aim of promoting long-term careers in the Asian food sector and working together with other organisations for the benefit of the youth in our industry.”

Pat Bray, managing director of Regale Microwaves (main image), added: “As a British company, we chose to support Zest Quest Asia because we also believe in nurturing young people in the UK.  When I learned that Zest Quest Asia was working in association with Springboard’s FutureChef programme, I decided to make a gesture to demonstrate our continued support as we all have a responsibility to sustain the future of our industry.”

Dee Smith, regional director of Springboard who oversees FutureChef, said: “We are delighted and grateful for Regale’s donation at the Zest Quest Asia gala dinner and awards night.  We’re also very excited to be associated with Zest Quest Asia, which has done fantastic things to raise the profile of Asian cooking.  We foresee Zest Quest Asia tapping into FutureChef’s suite of learning resources, industry tasters and existing profile among colleges to further expose budding chefs to Asian cuisine.”

Six colleges will be competing for the Zest Quest Asia crown including: Colchester Institute, University of Derby, Hackney Community College, Sheffield College, University College Birmingham and University of West London.

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