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Zesty Gourmand
Zesty Gourmand ID S6E12

Zesty Gourmand in Spice Up Your Life
Kind Unicorn
Sex Female
Residence Canterlot
Occupation Restaurant critic
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Eyes Grayish raspberry
Mane ¤ Pinkish gray with light raspberryish gray stripes
Coat Light magentaish gray
Eyebrows Roseish gray
Magic aura Grayish heliotrope
Nicknames Queen of Cuisine
Voice Fiona Hogan (English)
Stefania Patruno (Italian)

Zesty Gourmand is a female unicorn pony and representative of Canterlot high society who appears in the season six episode Spice Up Your Life. She is a critic whose particular tastes and harsh ratings pressure the restaurateurs of Canterlot to accommodate her at the cost of their individuality.

Development and design

Zesty Gourmand is a unicorn with a distinctive facial structure which most resembles that of Spoiled Rich. She has thick eyelids which seem to protrude from her countenance and pronounced cheekbones. Her muzzle is pointy and upturned. Likewise, her ears are long and pointed. Uniquely, she has visible eyebrows of the same color as her outline.

Zesty wears a dark overcoat and other clothing that obscures her cutie mark.

Depiction in the series

Zesty Gourmand, called the "Queen of Cuisine" by Rarity, is mentioned before she is seen. Canterlot society holds her three-hoof rating system—whereby she judges a restaurant for its cuisine, decor, and presentation—in such high esteem that Rarity and later other ponies refuse to give their patronage to any unrated establishment. Pinkie Pie starts to question Zesty Gourmand's authority when she discovers that that all of the restaurants which have received scores of three from her are virtually identical.

Coriander Cumin and Saffron Masala struggle to keep their restaurant, The Tasty Treat, open in Canterlot because Zesty Gourmand refuses to dignify their exotic establishment with a visit. This prompts Rarity and Coriander to renovate the restaurant to conform to Zesty's three-hoof standard. Zesty Gourmand agrees to evaluate the restaurant at Rarity's insistence.

When the restaurant reopens, Zesty is unimpressed. After being stricken in the face by one of the dishes, she rises to leave, advising Rarity as a friend to keep her opinions within her own field of work. Further conversation spurs Zesty to explain some of her philosophy: that subtle tastes, not quality of flavor, are the true hallmark of culinary art.

When the restaurant seems to be succeeding in spite of her unpleasant evaluation, Zesty Gourmand appears once more at the scene to rebuke the citizens of Canterlot for ignoring her judgment. The following suggestion that she cannot dictate the behavior of these ponies offends the critic. After a brief pause, she harrumphs and storms outside.

Quotes

"I hardly think it matters, but by all means, try your best to impress."
Spice Up Your Life
"Rarity, when it comes to fashion, you are adequate. But take some advice from a friend – keep your opinions out of restaurants. Substandard food, laughable service, and I would think even you could recognize that the decor here is trying desperately while desperately failing. Recommending a disreputable place such as this could do serious damage to your social standing."
— Spice Up Your Life
"But it takes a true culinary artist to create a subtle taste, the barest hint of a sensation. That's what I bring to Canterlot. That's art."
— Spice Up Your Life

Gallery

Zesty hears commotion in The Tasty Treat S6E12

Zesty Gourmand image gallery

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