There is nothing typical about Bitchin’ Kitchen. It’s part in-your-face comedy, part rock and roll. At first glance you wonder if this chick decked out in leopard print, leather and four-inch heels can slice and dice like a pro. Then you see her whip up a kick-ass fettuccini with crab meat and fresh peas or ricotta crepes with a drizzle of raspberry coulis and you think, “Bro, this girl can really cook.” I recently got the chance to sit down and talk with her about Bitchin’ Kitchen and its success.
Native Montrealer Nadia G first popped up on the culinary radar with her three-minute mobile show, Bitchin’ Kitchen, back in 2007. It was an instant hit and received industry recognition. Bitchin’ Kitchen won a Wireless Arts, Video and Entertainment (WAVE) award for Favorite Mobile Comedy Series, beating out Conan O’Brien. Shortly thereafter a publisher contacted her about producing her own cookbook.
Bitchin’ Kitchen joined the Food Network Canada lineup early this year and debuted on Cooking Channel this month. Fans love her humorous take on some of life’s most unpleasant experiences. To create the menu for her shows, she starts by choosing a topic, say, breaking up with your boyfriend, and creates a whole meal around the event. She suggests making something light, of course. “You don’t want the guy passing out from eating a heavy pasta dish and never leaving.”
The Bitchin’ Kitchen is not a one woman show. Her motley crew includes Panos, the fish guy, who offers up his expertise when Nadia is cooking seafood. The Spice Agent is a well of knowledge when it comes to seasonings and Hans… Well, he’s just eye candy for the ladies.
Nadia G has always been a comedian at heart, citing Carol Burnett and Chris Farley as some of her all-time favorite comedic actors. But growing up in a big Italian family, food was also a major part of her life. When asked about who inspired her to cook, she doesn’t hesitate. “Big ups to the ladies of the house!” Her mom, grandmother and aunts were her cooking teachers.
So what does Nadia G do when she’s not cooking up a storm? She’s really into the rock music scene. She just saw The Kills perform. “When I saw Alison Mosshart straddle two amps and sing, I thought to myself ‘I may be in the wrong business.’” One of her up-coming projects include releasing a few songs.
Fans will be surprised to find out that despite her stilettos and rock and roll attitude, she is quite the tech geek. “From pixel to prosciutto I created my web brand.” She’s certainly been successful in creating her own brand of food entertainment.
Catch the Bitchin’ Kitchen Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Cooking Channel.
And for Nadia G’s recipes, check out her site or join the conversation on her Facebook fan page.