Nadia Giosia, probably better known as Nadia G, is truly a triple threat. A talented, self-taught chef, a hilarious comedienne, and even a rockstar, is there anything that Nadia G can't do? She's hosted two very popular cooking shows on the Cooking Channel: Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen and Bite This With Nadia G. Even though both shows ended a few years ago, Nadia is still busy in the culinary world putting her own unique twist on everything she gets her hands on.
Nadia started out as a comedienne, mainly doing sketch comedy. She struck gold one day when she came up with a sketch she called "Bitchin' Kitchen," which was about a married couple who despised each other. "And while I'm writing this skit," Nadia told The New York Times in a 2011 interview, "I thought, 'I may as well focus on the recipe and give this a shot,' and I made a penne with pesto, and it just gelled for me. I showed it to people, created a pitch document, and people took to the idea." Nadia developed the idea into a web series that quickly became incredibly popular.
The idea of marrying comedy to cooking was a no-brainer for Nadia. In a 2014 Q&A with Los Angeles Magazine, she explained, "I grew up in a large Italian family where all of our best conversations happened in the kitchen. We would always be having a laugh and food would be the centerpiece. What brings people to the table and what keeps them there are the good times---for me, that's magical." She was right, and soon the Cooking Channel took notice of her little web series and offered her a show of her own.
Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen was on the air for three seasons before it ended, and it was wildly popular. Every episode had its own theme, like Recession Recipes, (Dysfunctional) Family Pizza Night, and Hipster Brunch. There was a host of "special correspondents," like the Spice Agent and Hans, the latter of which was always shirtless and described by Nadia as "our scantily clad food correspondent and resident nutritionist." Last but not least was Panos, the meat- and fish-monger.
The kitchen was vibrantly decorated in vintage '50s rock n' roll memorabilia, though the color scheme made it look like PeeWee's Playhouse and the Ramones had a baby. Still, it had charm and, most importantly, it was different from every other cooking show on the network. "So often, the kitchen is represented as this sterile space, which it's not," Nadia told The New York Times. "It's the furthest thing from that. People say the show is edgy, but it's kind of what goes down."
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