The first edition of Zee Zest Unlimit Awards was hosted at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai on March 21st, 2023.
Presented by L’Oreal Paris– New (Hyaluron) Moisture, the event was graced by celebrities like Nimrat Kaur, Maniesh Paul, Jaaved Jaffrey, Mrunal Thakur, Addinath Kothare, to name a few.
There were multiple awards in each category and several nominations were shortlisted from across the country. The winners were picked by a rigorous process of jury selection and public voting.
The cuisine category saw eight awards. Yum Yum Cha, New Delhi, won the award for the Best Pan-Asian Restaurant. Izumi in Goa bagged the Best Japanese Restaurant award.
Botticino located in Trident, Mumbai was honoured as the Best Italian Restaurant. The Craftery by Subko, Mumbai was crowned as the Best Café. The Black Forest Berliner and Classic Chocolate Slice which is at the Padaria Prazeres, Goa, listed its name for being the Best Bakery in the country. The Avartana based in ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, was awarded the Best Progressive Indian Restaurant. Cavatina, Goa won the Best Regional Restaurant awards. Yogisattva Mumbai made its name for being the Best Vegan Restaurant.
The second category of Beverages and Nightlife had five awards. Raeeth, Goa won the award for Best Nightclub. Headed by mycologist and author, Yangdup Lama, the Sidecar in New Delhi took home the award for the Best Cocktail Bar. The Sula Rasa Cabernet Sauvignon won the Best Indian Wine award. The Jaisalmer emerged as the Best Indian Craft Gin. The Best Craft Beer award was honoured to White Rhino Brewing.
The Travel category had four awards: Oberoi group’s Udaivilas was crowned as the Best Luxury Resort. ITC Grand Chola of Chennai bagged the award for being the Best Luxury Hotel. The Barefoot at Havelock in Andaman Islands listed its name among the Best Sustainable Resort. The Six Senses Vana of Dehradun named itself for being the Best Wellness Retreat.
The final category awarded the individual achievers. Avinash Martins, chef and founder of Cavatina, Goa won the Chef of the Year award. Chef Vikas Khanna’s The Sacred Foods of India won the Book of the Year award. Aashie Bhatnagar, of Cobbler & Crew, Goa bagged the award for being the Mixologist of The Year. Rohit Khattar, the founder of Old World Hospitality won the Zee Zest Unlimit Icon of the Year award. Uma Raghuraman, chef and blogger, was honoured with the Digital Food Influencer of the Year. Anunay Sood, a travel influencer bagged the award for being the Digital Travel Influencer of the Year. DJ Anyasa won the award for the Best DJ.
Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar won the Sustainability Champion award and actor Maniesh Paul bagged the Style Maverick of the Year.
“We value innovators and visionaries who are on the journey of constant creation regardless of the risks involved. With Zee Zest Unlimit Awards, we built the opportunity to bring forth the talents and honour people with unparalleled potential who make the experiences worthwhile. I congratulate the winners and everyone who participated, and may we continue to curate fresh experiences and raise the bar of fields we operate in,” said Amit Shah, Chief Cluster Officer – West, North and Premium Channels, Zee Entertainment Enterprises.
Ashish Sehgal, Chief Growth Officer, Advertising Revenue, Zee Entertainment Enterprises, said, “Zee Zest is a leading lifestyle platform that showcases unique experiences and talents. These Awards were an amalgamation of the best experience providers across the country. We commend them for their contribution in their respective fields and think it as our privilege to felicitate them.”
Amit Nair, Chief Channel Officer, Zee Zest, said, “At Zee Zest, our aim is to always present offerings that Unlimit the experience for our viewers in the realm of food, travel, luxury and more. The first edition of the Zee Zest Unlimit Awards was our humble step towards acknowledging the efforts of curators that shape today’s food, lifestyle, and hospitality experiences, and we congratulate all the winners and participants of this event. We stay committed to presenting fresh concepts and offerings that tickle your taste buds and give you an experience of the best in luxury, travel, and lifestyle.”
Zee Zest Unlimit Awards was presented by L’Oreal Paris– New (Hyaluron) Moisture with special partners Appy Fizz and Cadbury Dairy Milk and Cosmetics Partner Dazzler Eterna.
Kindlife, Geetanjali Salons and Sleepy Owl were the gifting partners for the event.
The show was telecast on April 16, 2023 at 8:30 pm on Zee Zest, Zee Zest HD and 9 pm on Zee Café, and will be available to stream on zeezest.com