North Hertfordshire student chefs cook up success in prestigious national competition

PUBLISHED: 14:01 15 December 2019

North Hertfordshire College students Josh Ephgrave, Luke Watkins and Jon Nash wowed the judges with their Keralan-inspired menu. Picture: Danyal Sarfraz

North Hertfordshire College students Josh Ephgrave, Luke Watkins and Jon Nash wowed the judges with their Keralan-inspired menu. Picture: Danyal Sarfraz

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Student chefs at North Hertfordshire College have won a coveted place in a national cooking finals for the third year running.

18-year-old Luke Watkins. Picture: Danyal Sarfraz18-year-old Luke Watkins. Picture: Danyal Sarfraz

Jon Nash, Luke Watkins and Josh Ephgrave have reached the final of Zest Quest Asia - a prestigious student catering competition established by celebrity chef, Cyrus Todiwala.

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Jon, Luke and Josh - who are all doing a Level 3 advanced diploma in professional cookery at North Hertfordshire College - impressed the judges with their Keralan-inspired menu, and will now compete in a live cook-off on February 7 2020 at Mr Todiwala's signature restaurant, at the Hilton in Heathrow's Terminal 5.

They will be competing against students at the University of West London, Loughborough College, University College Birmingham, Sheffield College and New City College.

19-year-old Jon Nash. Picture: Danyal Sarfraz19-year-old Jon Nash. Picture: Danyal Sarfraz

Anthony Gascoigne, Lecturer at North Hertfordshire College, said: "This is a huge achievement by Jon, Luke and Josh. Zest Quest is such a fiercely competitive contest, it really is testament to their efforts and work ethic to get to the final."

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