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Panasonic relishing return to the industry trade show circuit

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Panasonic is relishing a return to the exhibition circuit next month as it takes its place at Casual Dining, which runs alongside Commercial Kitchen and Lunch! at the London ExCeL.

It will be discussing its bespoke cooking solutions on stand number H65 at the show. The booth will display its range of microwave ovens, with the SCV2 Speed Convection Oven taking centre stage.

As well as a number of daily cooking demonstrations, there will a chance for visitors to win a masterclass for two, including lunch at the new Café Spice Namaste, with highly acclaimed chef Cyrus Todiwala.

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All visitors need to do is go to the Panasonic stand to enter the free draw. The winner will be announced after the show.

Meanwhile, restaurateurs Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala have announced the launch of the Zest Quest Asia – Panasonic Autumn Challenge, the latest on-line spinoff of the prestigious culinary competition for students wishing to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in Asian cuisine.

The Zest Quest Asia – Panasonic Autumn Challenge aims to push the usual boundaries by placing technology as its centrepiece.

Students, working individually with the support of their college tutor, will be invited to design and create a dish inspired by authentic Asian tastes, textures and flavours while drawing on the capacity of Panasonic’s commercial combination microwave to perform the functions associated with traditional cookery methods, such as toasting and steaming.

The competition represents the latest chapter in the partnership between Zest Quest Asia and Panasonic.

The UK subsidiary of the Japanese electronics giant has been a consistent gold sponsor of the national competition founded by the Todiwalas in 2013 with the support of the Master Chefs of Great Britain.

In 2017, Panasonic sponsored an educational and cultural trip of a lifetime to Tokyo and Osaka for the Zest Quest Asia champions from University College Birmingham.

The Zest Quest Asia – Panasonic Autumn Challenge will consist of two-rounds, and each student wishing to enter is advised to research in the first instance the capabilities of a commercial combination microwave, and Panasonic, in particular.

The first round will require the submission of a recipe highlighting at least three stages of preparation where microwave oven technology can be substituted for traditional cooking methods, as well as the posting on social media of the finished dish (not necessarily cooked in microwave).

Three finalists will be chosen to go forward to the second round, whereupon Panasonic will supply each finalist with a combination microwave oven at their college so that recipes can be fine-tuned to work using the ovens. The finalists must then create videos of themselves making their dishes and submit these to the panel of judges.

The winning student will receive a Panasonic combination microwave for his or her college, as well as a Santoku knife and a £50 Russums voucher (for the lecturer as well).

The two runner-up students will win a commercial rice cooker for their respective colleges, as well as a Santoku knife and a £25 Russums voucher each for themselves and their lecturer.

Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL said, “We were delighted when Panasonic approached us with this great idea to be headline sponsor of the Zest Quest Asia – Panasonic Autumn Challenge. It just shows the value the industry continues to place on our competition which has helped lift the profile of Asian cuisine among budding chefs.

“But on another level, it allows Zest Quest Asia to acknowledge that while it is vital for chefs to learn authentic, classical Asian cookery methods, in the professional kitchen, they will also need to learn how to handle and make the most of the the latest technology available.

“The Zest Quest Asia – Panasonic Autumn Challenge allows us to bring together the classic and the contemporary, two qualities that distinguish Asian cuisine in Britain today. We are looking forward to a great response to Zest Quest Asia’s latest online competition from both students and their lecturers. The experience of competing can only help pave the way to a promising future for our young chefs, especially as we emerge from lockdown.”

The winners will be announced on 29 October 2021.

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