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Bitchin' Kitchen - Are they kidding???

I'd heard this was coming (I guess it premiered last week and been a YouTube clip posted a while ago) but didn't come across it until this evening. It's not often that I will turn off a cooking show after just a few minutes. This one I did.

OK....... I'm a male with substantial libido left, so I watched this for a few minutes. But................ really!!!!! I thought I'd wandered into an off-Broadway review of some kind....... or a Saturday Night Live sketch. If the cooking had any merit I wouldn't know because I couldn't stick around long enough or get past what I was seeing and hearing.

Check back later and I'll tell you what I REALLY thought of this show.

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  1. I don't know, I thought she was witty, funny, and different. And she has good knowledge of cooking - better than, say, Rachel Ray or Sandra Lee.
    I actually laughed quite a lot during this show, and I appreciate that, especially during these hard economic times.

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    1. re: aurora50

      Exactly my thoughts. An attempt at 'cooking humor' beats the hokey competitions, 30 minute cooking and mostly filler dreck on FN these days. Still, I think the show belongs on FN rather than the Cooking Channel.
      Don't take it seriously, folks!

      1. re: DiveFan

        Who's taking it seriously? LOL, this show just isn't everyones cup of tea

      2. re: aurora50

        I liked her show for a while a few years ago. She is really funny sometimes. She's original in many ways but I feel like she's trying way too hard sometimes. I do an online cooking and lifestyle show on youtube and it is easy to try too hard because you do the routine so much.
        but Nadia is a breath of fresh air these cooking show hosts are so boring and all way too much alike.

      3. It's been on in Canada for a year... I can't watch it for more than about 3 minutes, it's unbearable. Maybe it's a love/hate thing because some people obviously like it but I'd rather gouge out my eyes with an immersion blender.

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        1. re: piano boy

          The show's a one trick pony. It's all built around Nadia G's character of a "goombah" Italian woman (akin to those in the movie Married to the Mob). The show got its start because she had been making short videos for YouTube that were basically comedy sketches with a little bit of (largely satirical) cooking thrown in. From what I gather, producers at the Canadian arm of the Food Network clued on to the YouTube vids, found out she was Canadian (from Montreal) and realized that by helping her parlay her shorts into full blown half hour episodes, they could create some much needed Canadian content to fulfill their broadcast regulation requirements.

          1. re: piano boy

            EXACTLY. Even the commercial makes me blush from embarassment for her.

            1. re: piano boy

              I agree--shlocky and absolutely awful.

            2. Ok, the girl's cute, somewhat amusing, and relatively knowledgable but the over acting male side-kicks are, "freakin' re-diculous, eh?" The flashing/shaking shots of the food are annoying too. This girl whoops the hell out of Padma on Melting Pot, though.....JJ

              1. I read thru her bio and menu on the Cooking Channel website after the first commercial ran. If the tuff language, fluff wardrobe and Italian personna are entertaining the food is likely a secondary consideration. Giada gets tauted for cleavage, Guy for one liners but Bitchin Kitchen comes along and it's whoo hoo... just another example of where our tv entertainment has been heading for some time....food tv appears to be willing to go "there" too.

                1. Isn't Bitchin' Kitchen a blog as well? Is there a relation if so?

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                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    http://bitchinlifestyle.tv/
                    She was/is a You Tube "star" prior to this recent media attention. I think the website reflects her approach exactly.

                    http://www.facebook.com/BitchinKitchen
                    Nadia's photo with Guy F. says it all for me :)

                  2. OK, so I went to the facebook page for the show and it appears that there are people who find the 'schtick' appealing, or at least can get along with it. For me someone like Guy Fieri is being himself and you either handle that or not. Nadia seems like a total act and I had such an immediate negative reaction to the 'character' that I couldn't stand it. I didn't find it funny, just annoying.

                    I think, too, that the use of such a theme on a channel that seemed as if it was going to be more 'serious' was a shock. It's interetsing to see the comments that the recipes are cood and the technique "spot on". Maybe I'll tie myself to the sofa long enough to watch more of a show and hope my screaming doesn't disturb the neighbors.

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                    1. re: Midlife

                      Nadia's serving a lifestyle; her place in the kitchen is just one aspect to her following. I'm too old for it. :)

                      1. re: HillJ

                        +1 HillJ. I saw the promo and said Nope to that Dope! Life's too short to waste a half hour on that show.

                    2. It's a harmless and sometimes funny conceit. Relative to the bogus splenetic rages of Gordon Ramsay or the absurd gluttony of Adam Richman(Man vs Food), it's a walk in the park. That said, the Food Network in Canada is looking pretty sorry these days for want of anything beyond sideshow entertainment or outright snoozfests.

                      1. I thought the show was cute, too......and so is Nadia. And her food looked good, too!

                        Come on, folks - it's supposed to be funny!

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                        1. re: JimboWoodside

                          I guess this is going to turn into a discussion about what's funny and what's not............. and/or whether "funny" of this caricature style is appropriate in an arena that's supposed to be (at least I thought so) a bit more 'serious' (pardon the expression). I am not naive to all the issues of TV marketing and audience-building, but this show pretty much blind-sided me in what I'd been seeing as a much more straight-forward arena of food and cooking presentations.

                          Admittedly I did not watch more than a few minutes and should stick through more. I will, but that few minutes had such a dramatic impact (a real OMG moment) that the humormust have escaped me. I thought I'd turned to The Cooking Channel, not Comedy Central and don't think I would have found it 'funny' on that channel either.

                          1. re: Midlife

                            Gordo Ramsay is, er, "serious"? What about those drooling Lipitor Poster Boys Fieri and Richman?

                            1. re: Kagemusha

                              I was referring to what the Cooking Channel appeared to be when it began. If Ramsay, Fieri, and Richman are on that channel I'm not aware of it. To put it in another perspective, Graham Kerr (who IS on the channel) is too much as well.

                          2. re: JimboWoodside

                            Oh I love good comedy...I guess Nadia's style just didn't reflect my own. To each her/his own tho. I'm not speaking for the masses just observing.

                            1. re: JimboWoodside

                              +1 all the way! I happened to stumble on to this show last night and thought it was absolutely hilarious. Plus, the first two dishes really looked good. It reminded me of the Adriana character on the Sopranos--what she might have turned out if she wasn't whacked and was able to got out of that lifestyle.

                              1. re: JimboWoodside

                                But it's actually painfully unfunny. And her accent... is she supposed to be Italian? Sounds like she's got a speech impediment.

                                1. re: JeMange

                                  It is a pretty authentic Italian Montrealer accent actually. (I am no fan of the show BTW).

                                  1. re: dbrodbeck

                                    Ah... I was comparing it to the NYC/Jersey Italian accent. Hers definitely has a bit of Quebecois thrown in.

                                    1. re: JeMange

                                      I'm OK with it except it has come off as 'Leather' Tuscadero from "Happy Days" (Suzi Quattro's sister) doing 'Lisa Swerski' from SNL (as portrayed by Melanie Hutsell)

                                      just no more "BAM!" or such thx.

                                      1. re: hill food

                                        Suzi Quattro was Leather.
                                        Roz Kelly was Pinky.

                                        1. re: acgold7

                                          well whoa. my craptastic 70's TV trivia creds are shot all to hell. damn. (heh) well I was sort of close. at least I didn't think she was Joan Jett or Lita Ford.

                                          but the comparison is apt, no?

                                          1. re: hill food

                                            I had a crush on Suzi Quattro. Nadia makes me want to gouge my eyes out.

                                            1. re: hill food

                                              more like pink leather ...

                                              i guess we'll have to wait for the cigar night episode ... gabbagool?.

                                    2. re: JeMange

                                      I always thought she sounded like she was doing a take on a New-York-Italian accent as spoken by somebody with a profound hearing deficit, which is the icing on the grossly unfunny cake to me.

                                  2. I can't even stand to watch the promo. It's an immediate switch the channel moment for me.

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                                    1. re: pikawicca

                                      +1. I've tried watching and the whole thing is just disgusting. If Scripps has to put her on TV, for pity's sake stick her on FNTV which is already a train wreck.

                                    2. I was about to switch the channel when she slipped from her "shtick", and sounded like she knew what she was talking about. I was like...." wtf?"

                                      Fascinating!

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                                      1. re: Shrinkrap

                                        Exactly.

                                        1. re: aurora50

                                          It seems apparent, at least to me, that she *does* know what she's talking about - at least when it comes to the food she presents. The "shtick" is just that, shtick.

                                          I mean, take a look at a lot of the other shows on FN and the Cooking Channel - we're not exactly talking about "Masterpiece Theater" here.......

                                          1. re: JimboWoodside

                                            Right. FN turned into performance art years ago, and The Cooking Channel is not much different. I'm having fun watching the new girl.
                                            If I want to watch something "serious", I'll tune in to something like America's Test Kitchen.

                                            1. re: aurora50

                                              I think you just hit on it. There were a lot of people hoping The Cooking Channel would NOT become performance art, at least not to the extent of the 'act' in this show.

                                      2. Well, I said I would try it again and I did. This time I Iasted almost 10 minutes.

                                        Nadia does sound like she knows what she's doing and I think she'd be interesting to watch WITHOUT the overdone act. "SHPAGETTTI"........ please!

                                        I guess I'm just getting a little fed up with the idea that marketers think you have to have an over-the-top gimmick to get attention.

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                                        1. re: Midlife

                                          LOL, I lasted about the same time. For all the comments written about Giada, including how she talks, this "act" is just another gal with a gimmick. I like my food programming with less gloss and more know-how and still feel the gimmick IS the point...even if it doesn't appeal to me. Midlife, I've enjoyed this thread and all the perspectives. Thanks for starting it.

                                          1. re: Midlife

                                            Is it really the case that you (or I) don't like gimmicks, or just that this gimmick is just the wrong one for our demographic?

                                            1. re: paulj

                                              a bit of both I confess. I like diff perspectives, diff approaches to a common recipe, experimenting with diff ingredients to change "it up"...but gimmick as in costume, voice play, shtick...I guess I'm an old bird.

                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                +1

                                                As I said above, I didn't like the movie Dumb & Dumber either.

                                                1. re: Midlife

                                                  Funny, neither did I. :)

                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                    +2 on Dumb & Dumber. if you guys tell me you also found watching The Hangover akin to Chinese water torture, i'm going to rely on my fellow Hounds for movie reviews from now on ;)

                                                    and while i'm not quite an old bird, add me to the camp that doesn't see the appeal of mucking up a perfectly good cooking show with silly caricatures and tired shtick. i'd never know if this Nadia person possessed any food skills or knowledge because i couldn't bear to watch her long enough to find out.

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      I probably shouldn't admit it here but I thought Hangover was pretty funny. Of course I watched an early release copy projected on the side of a building with about 50 20-somethings, so it might have been a yawn reflex sortof thing.

                                                      1. re: Midlife

                                                        okay, you're forgiven ;) more than anything i just didn't get the appeal of Zach Galifianakis' character in that movie - to me he was cringe-worthy, not amusing.

                                                2. re: HillJ

                                                  Just found a new show catering to my taste in gimmicks - Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape on BBC. I've ignored all his other programs, but this one explores India, including a region that neither Tony or Andrew has found, the far NE (Nagaland).

                                                  1. re: paulj

                                                    http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/371...
                                                    I'm a fan.

                                            2. I tuned in and then tuned out....between the "kitchen decor" and her voice...I could not take it....

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                                              1. re: christy1122

                                                Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste level of the American Consumer!!

                                                1. re: ospreycove

                                                  H. L. Mencken: "No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby." Or............... something very close to that. I'm not sure it's always true, but it does explain a lot of things.

                                              2. If Roseanne Barr had a cooking show, this would be it.

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                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  I might be able to watch Roseanne occasionally, however.

                                                2. Nadia is from Montreal as am I and I can tell you that the shtick she presents on this show is one you find commonly in montreal. her accent, manners and dialect are very very very common here. I personally find those people obnoxious (fake punks)

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                                                  1. re: celfie

                                                    I live in Montreal too, and have actually met Nadia several times (I'm friends with the show's makeup artist).

                                                    She does not tawwwk like dat in real life. She sounds like a typical flat-accent Canadian, not a Brooklynite or whatever she's going for.

                                                    It may be common in some circles to talk and act like that, but it is still all fake, in every case.

                                                    Lastly, even knowing it's an act, I still can't stand the show. Her television persona is incredibly annoying and she's not much of a cook.

                                                  2. I like this show. I think it's different and funny.

                                                    1. Nadia makes it embarassing to admit that i am Italian. Can't listen to her nonsense for more than one show. That's it for me.

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                                                      1. re: cmp2491

                                                        I find all the exaggerated hand gestures distracting and the side kicks belong on a comedy show, not a cooking program. My dh likes a lady to act like a lady....what can I say.

                                                      2. There oughta be a law.

                                                        1. Less than one minute was all I could bear.

                                                          1. i lasted about 10 minutes, the recipes sounded interesting but i just did not find her entertaining. oh well! :)

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                                                            1. re: jujuthomas

                                                              I'm coming to the conclusion that: either you like her, or you don't.
                                                              No harm, no foul, either way. : )

                                                              1. re: aurora50

                                                                I caught 2 more episodes last night, and I have to say, she's growing on me! i actually dvred the 9:30 show last night!

                                                            2. I had hopes for the cooking channel but it is not what I thought it would be. My opinion is that FN & the Cooking Channel are video versions of the Globe and National Enquirer in the cooking arena.

                                                              no real cooking education but sensationalism in cooking and what's up with all this Private Chef's, Best thing I ate, and the local food establishments cometing against each other. What a crock.

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                                                              1. re: hueyishere

                                                                As much as I couldn't handle Bitchin' Kitchen I have to say that Cooking Channel programming is head and shoulders above what Food Network is today. I still find the best 'education' on PBS however.

                                                                1. re: hueyishere

                                                                  I used to be a writer/producer at FN waaaaay back in the 1990s. Back then, when there were less than thirty of us on staff, every piece of programming was about food and how to prepare it without much of the showbiz "hook" or crass marketing you see today. Around 1995, we brought in Emeril and everything changed within a few months. It was simply a matter of numbers. The company officers looked at the viewership Emeril was generating with his ridiculous catch phrases and borderline inedible food and retooled pretty much all of the programming.

                                                                  1. re: JeMange

                                                                    It's not surprising at all. Look how far they've come since Emeril......... and I don't mean in a good way.

                                                                    1. re: JeMange

                                                                      I'd be happy if they tried to mix ridiculous catchphrases with good food. I would never want them to back to being boring.

                                                                      1. re: FoodPopulist

                                                                        Like anything, programming evolves over time. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not.

                                                                        At the very beginning, we were literally just repackaging old Galloping Gourmet and Julia Child episodes, with Jane Curtain of SNL fame doing the bumps in/out. Boy was she miserable! There was a daily live "news" show that was ridiculous. Does anyone outside of an agribusiness exec. want to know about broccoli yields? And even back then, they spent a lot of time bashing Monsanto.

                                                                        The highlight of the early days was a show called Taste that was hosted by David Rosengarten. Each episode dissected a dish, provided a culinary history for it and then showed one how to prepare it. Fantastic stuff that was clearly a predecessor to Good Eats.

                                                                        1. re: JeMange

                                                                          I loved Taste. I need to look up David Rosengarten.

                                                                          1. re: JeMange

                                                                            Gee, I kind of liked 'In Food Today' if that is the news show you are speaking of. That said, I am a bit of a geek......

                                                                            Taste was excellent, just excellent.

                                                                            1. re: dbrodbeck

                                                                              taste was excellent.
                                                                              'in food today' was enjoyable, if for nothing else than getting a kick out of nina griscombe, a woman born, it seems, for the sole purpose of embodying 'town and country' magazine.
                                                                              the early FN also had a terrific wine tasting show featuring jancis robinson and frank prial.

                                                                              1. re: linus

                                                                                Oh yeah, and a cocktail show called 'Quench"

                                                                                1. re: linus

                                                                                  It was originally Food News and Views, hosted by Donna Hanover (Giuliani) and Rosengarten. Nina was great. She also hosted a show called Dining Around that I was a producer on. DIY production values but great looks into some of the best restaurants of the time.

                                                                                  1. re: JeMange

                                                                                    I also loved Dining Around. The theme music still pops into my head now and then. It must have been some sort of stock music, because the weather network in Canada used it at the time as well.

                                                                                    1. re: dbrodbeck

                                                                                      Dining Around was initially named Eating Out. That was changed pretty quickly...

                                                                                      1. re: JeMange

                                                                                        I also enjoyed Dining Around, as well as How To Boil Water, specifically the ones with Chef Cathy Lowe and comedian Sean Donnellan. When I first saw Bitchin Kitchen I changed the channel, but now I like it.

                                                                                        1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                          YES! i have a great flank steak recipe and a buffalo wings recipe from that show.
                                                                                          the Essence by emeril was good. stand and stir. it was his LIVE show that ruined emeril for me.

                                                                              2. re: JeMange

                                                                                I LOVED "Taste", as well as the rehashed old shows. In fact, that's what had Food Network on my tv almost 24/7. Once they branched out into the trash they show now, I never watch. Can't even remember the last time I tuned into Food Network. What a waste of satellite space.

                                                                                1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                  Hulu "Posh Nosh" for a refreshing smirk at how (well how worse) it all could be.

                                                                                2. re: JeMange

                                                                                  i wish foodnetwork or cooking channel would rerurn the Taste episodes. i doubt they have the rights? althought i am a big AB fan, i always felt his show was a Taste wannabee.
                                                                                  how about....Door Knock Dinners? loved it. especially when the Iron Chefs Japan came to the USA for the infamous battle.

                                                                                  1. re: ritabwh

                                                                                    Taste? Don't recall that.

                                                                                    Door Knock Dinners - that the show that gave us Paula, with the show's host turned producer.

                                                                                    CC ran through the Iron Chef Japan episodes several times. Now they are showing ICA reruns.

                                                                                    1. re: paulj

                                                                                      "Taste" was a terrific little show hosted by chef, food writer, & critic David Rosengarten. It was part of Food Network's initial offerings, along with Julia Child & Graham Kerr reruns, etc.

                                                                                    2. re: ritabwh

                                                                                      I'm pretty sure the do have the rights to Taste. All of the early original programming at Food Network was produced in-house.

                                                                            2. We'll grow on ya. Welcome to lifestyle 2.0 folks, the cardigan and saccharine disposition ain't for everyone.

                                                                              For all those kvetching, this one's for you.
                                                                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RAQXg...

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                                                                              1. re: NadiaG

                                                                                Now this kind of open attitude makes me smile! NadiaG, if that's really you then touche! And, yes when I watch your commercials Joan Jett with an apron is exactly the visual that comes to mind.

                                                                                1. re: NadiaG

                                                                                  THAT I liked. Thanks for the link.

                                                                                  1. re: NadiaG

                                                                                    If you're really Nadia I give you all the credit for creating a persona and, probably, a brand. You ARE getting attention, which is likely the underlying idea. But............ as with most cooking, there are certain ingredients that just seem wrong together. If I want to see a Saturday Night Live cooking show sketch I'll tune in to Saturday Night Live. The idea that I'd want to see it along side more 'serious' or 'normal' cooking shows is what turned me off Food Network completely. To each his/her own, I can still reach the remote when I need it............ assuming my walker doesn't get in the way. :o)))

                                                                                    1. re: Midlife

                                                                                      Hehe, it's always good to keep an open mind. I'm sure some people still think that chocolate and fleur de sel, or candied bacon are incompatible :P.

                                                                                      1. re: NadiaG

                                                                                        Nadia, I tried watching the show twice and it just wasn't my thing. Your thick skin and obvious sense of humor coming through on here makes me want to give it another shot.

                                                                                        1. re: NadiaG

                                                                                          I admit I wanted to HATE this show... I really did, except that to me... it's FUNNY.
                                                                                          "puttanesca - schpaghetti in the style of a hoe"

                                                                                          how is that not funny?

                                                                                          1. re: cgarner

                                                                                            I've beaten up on this show too much already, but just can't resist one more post.

                                                                                            Um-m-m.....it's not funny because it's true???? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghett...

                                                                                            So the 'funny is the character schtick..... which I just don't find funny IN THIS SETTING. Maybe somewhere else, but not on a supposedly at least somewhat 'serious' cooking channel.

                                                                                            I'm done now.

                                                                                            1. re: Midlife

                                                                                              I think you're great, Nadia.
                                                                                              My sister and I actually work our schedule around so we don't miss you.
                                                                                              Rock on, Sister.

                                                                                              1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                Cooking channel is the FN's farm team, not their culinary arts school. :)

                                                                                                1. re: paulj

                                                                                                  Exactly what I've been saying.

                                                                                                  1. re: paulj

                                                                                                    So you're saying that shows will begin on Cooking Channel and when they get to play in the 'big leagues' they'll have to dumb themselves down to play to the masses? I don't think that's all that analogous to MLB, but it's fine, so long as the minors keep getting new quality talent. ;o]]]]

                                                                                                    1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                      I think it's more a matter of pulling in the advertising dollars, than of smarts or talent.

                                                                                                      Doesn't FN test a lot of its new talent on Saturday daytime slots? Who knows, if Nadia makes a big enough splash on CC, she'll start making guest appearances on Good Eats!

                                                                                                      1. re: paulj

                                                                                                        That's fine too. Food Network is the right venue for this show. Maybe Nadia could hide a camera inside a bowl of Pasta Fazool.

                                                                                                        1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                          Yes, the train wreck that is Food Network is the right venue for this show. NOT the Cooking Channel.

                                                                                                2. re: cgarner

                                                                                                  Also funny, "...here let me show you my rash..." then quick cut back to Nadia "Hey!..." or however they did, I thought it was hilarious.

                                                                                                  But I also quote from Dumb & Dumber -- a movie cited up-thread as not funny -- pretty frequently still. ("Big Gulps huh? Awright! Well...see ya later!")

                                                                                                  I remember taking an English class in college on "Humor in the English Language." Thought it would be easy, fun credits, as did the other suckers that took the class. It ended up being the most awful course ever, outside of Statistics. Defining humor takes all the life out of it. The clincher came at the end of the course, everyone had to do a solo standup comedy routine. As each of us was getting up there we're like "Oh God, Oh God..." as of course everyone that had to endure the "comedy" was saying that to themselves too.

                                                                                                  I've had friends that had their minds changed about something they hadn't originally thought was funny (Anchorman, for example), but when you watch it with them, they get why you think it's funny and come around. But usually there's no changing someone's mind, and that's okay too. Anyway, I like Bitchin' Kitchen.

                                                                                                  1. re: Niblet

                                                                                                    "Big Gulps huh? Awright! Well...see ya later!"

                                                                                                    Haha! Brilliant.

                                                                                                3. re: NadiaG

                                                                                                  Nadia, DH and I make a special point to catch your show every week. And we DVR it so our college sons can watch it when they are home.
                                                                                                  If cooking and humor can't go together, what's the fun of eating?

                                                                                                  And....your recipes look delicious every episode.

                                                                                                  And... being a kitchen designer, I love to see what the set designers do with your kitchen each week. Way more fun than Sandra Lee's theme kitchens.

                                                                                                  1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                                    Re: decor. I love the backsplash though it looks like an anti-backsplash, attracting food particles from around the kitchen and beyond. Bet it's a bear to clean.

                                                                                              2. re: NadiaG

                                                                                                Don't change a thing, Nadia. We love you just the way you are!

                                                                                                1. re: NadiaG

                                                                                                  banjo bridges & bowties for the assisted living.
                                                                                                  you keep those angles wide n' high off the tight shots ...

                                                                                                  http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/vide...

                                                                                                2. I made it through a whole show (the "spicy" episode, "Furious Foods") and I must say that it caused quite a spectrum of reactions. There were many moments that I cringed (Nadia's persona is hard for me to warm up to) and moments that I thought, "ooh, that looks like a good dish to try." I think I actually laughed a time or two, but I also reached for the remote ready to turn it off a few times, too.

                                                                                                  I love the playful set and I REALLY love Nadia's "look" and the fact that she cooks in sexy shoes. I don't think I will set the DVR to record this one, but if Nadia comes on when I have the TV on, I'll probably keep one eye on the TV while I'm in the kitchen, anticipating both the cringes and the grins, looking for what Nadia is cooking, what she is wearing and how her kitchen set has been decked out. I could see Nadia growing on me, esp. if her dishes are as interesting as the "Furious Foods" dishes.

                                                                                                  One of my favorite TV Chefs is Anne Burrell, and she has a pretty "in your face" persona, too. Plus, every dish of hers that I have tried has been a "knock it out of the park" success. Best of luck to you, Nadia (though you could do without those goofy sidekicks... more cooking, less Guido dudes)... and keep rockin' the great shoes and big hair!

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                                                                                                  1. re: CapreseStacy

                                                                                                    As I mentioned above, I’m a fan of the show. I just wanted to also give respect to the “supporting” players on the show. Those dudes are hilarious. And actually informative in the food knowledge they impart on their segments. The spice guy is ridiculously funny. Love the Israeli accent.

                                                                                                    It’s a different kind of show, definitely not for everyone, but I for one really enjoy it. Snaps.

                                                                                                  2. Gotta admit, I saw the commercials for the show and thought WTF, then actually started watching and I really like it. I think she's funny as hell, knows more than the average dump-and-stir bimbette and the food looks really good. It ain't for everybody but so what. Give me "Bitchin' Kitchen" any day over some show about giant hamburgers.

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                                                                                                    1. re: nerfTractor

                                                                                                      Or one about a challenge to make the best tower out of Rice Krispies.

                                                                                                    2. Is it me or has she calmed down the 'schtick' in the last episodes? I watched for a few minutes during a commercial on something else the other night and it just seemed that way. Unless I'm just getting used to Nadia.........OH MY!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                      1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                        I caught a commercial tonight for BK and it appeared milder in tone, mannerisms and wardrobe to me.

                                                                                                        1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                          I also noticed that she talks in a more 'normal' voice on the commercials.

                                                                                                          Changed my opinion posted above - keep the show on CC for a humor break. If BK was on Food Network, it could blend in too much with the Unintentionally humorous / scary non-cooking shows. Or, the actual cooking content would be deemphasized in favor of rock-and-roll tablescapes or something.

                                                                                                          I would like to see NadiaG kick Fieri's sorry a** somehow ... maybe a sequel to the music video at the end of the last episode .... costarring Dee Snider ... am I tripping :-) ?

                                                                                                        2. I <3 Bitchin Kitchen - it's on my DVR every week. Guess it's a personal preference.

                                                                                                          1. i think this is definitely a love it or hate it show. it makes decent background noise while i study, but as soon as i start to pay attention i have to change the channel

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                                                                                                            1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                              Was my experience tonight. I lasted 10 mins. had to switch.

                                                                                                            2. I finally watched a couple episodes and I really like the show and Nadia G. Is she over the top? You betcha! Does she know what she’s doing? Betcher ass! Is she funny? Well, that’s where she walks a tightrope and to stretch the metaphor, the audience either stays with her or they plummet to the ground and get all grumpy about the experience.

                                                                                                              1. I got the feeling that the show is for people who don't typically watch food shows. It's very unique and it can be fun if you're not there for the food. The food itself I found to be very basic. I think most experienced home cooks already know most of the things she cooks, so there's no "!" moment where one might feel inspired or amazed.

                                                                                                                For me, it sort of solidified my stance that the only good (non-competition) food shows are found on PBS.

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                                                                                                                1. re: ediblover

                                                                                                                  When was the last '!' moment on a Ming Tsai rerun? :)

                                                                                                                  1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                    Re 'aha' moments from Ming Tsai: I would sometimes watch the opening minutes of 'Simply Ming' for what I have come to call 'The Nicholas Cage Effect' (patent pending). Simply put, when I become more aware of the protagonist's hair style (in its' shuffle & stagger toward the bizarro world) than I am in the actual content of the scene on the screen, I know that things will end badly for our hero. As with Cage, I would find myself musing on Ming's hair choices (like that Veronica Lake-bangs-hiding-one eye style that he sometimes sports). I'm still waiting for the inevitable 'mohawk' (from either Cage or Tsai)... Sorry for 'jacking the thread...

                                                                                                                2. I started watching this show due to this thread and I really like it! It's hilarious!

                                                                                                                  1. has anyone noticed that this show has been on an abnormally large amount this weekend?? i think tonight is the second BK marathon in like three days. even if it WAS a good show, theres only like four episodes! thats not enough to justify a marathon!

                                                                                                                    1. After reading the replies, I was kind of surprised at how many people like and/or enjoyed this show! Personally, I didn't like it. I just cannot get past the persona of this Nadia G. Maybe it is b/c I grew up in NY and have parents from Brooklyn. She TRIES too hard to sound "goomba, fugedaboudit, eye-tal-ee-in tough gurl" I'm not buying it. I dunno. Please don't get me wrong. I love a great sense of humor--if Kathy Griffin was a really amazing cook or baker, SHE is the one I would love to see on a humourous TV Cooking show. This "Bitchin" Kitchin" just isn't my cup of tea.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: jarona

                                                                                                                        "She TRIES too hard to sound "goomba, fugedaboudit, eye-tal-ee-in tough gurl"
                                                                                                                        I completely agree and thats why I don't like the show. Not the kitsch, not the style, not the cooking - the forced, acted personality.

                                                                                                                        1. re: jarona

                                                                                                                          http://www.amazon.com/At-Home-Range-C...
                                                                                                                          http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback...

                                                                                                                          There are plenty of chuckles in food...but this show isn't one of them.

                                                                                                                          1. re: jarona

                                                                                                                            I'm not Italian but I grew up in the east-end of Montreal. I know people who speak like her. I suspect that it's a bit tongue in cheek with her and that's fine. It's a persona which I happen to find hilarious.

                                                                                                                          2. Am I crazy or am I the only one who thinks it sounds like she's got a Russian accent or at least sounds like she's a Russian person trying to do a goombah accent?

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                                                                                                                            1. re: film_score

                                                                                                                              Well, she's from Montreal. Many Canadian Italians are not very francophone (french-only speaking), but I think the Quebec-French accent plays heavily on her style of goombah. Which, as I mention a few posts up, kinda irks me.
                                                                                                                              I told mrs. porker a couple of months ago that the show might be enjoyable if she was the real deal, not a made-up character.

                                                                                                                              1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                OK guys, we made her Spaghetti Puttanesca recipe for dinner tonight, and it was absolutely delicious. In fact, we only made half of her recipe, and next time, we are going to make the whole thing, so we can have leftovers.

                                                                                                                            2. i hadn't watched or seen an ad for her show until yesterday. I saw this really weird-looking woman on the screen, and when she began talking I thought "Good Lord, who the hell is that weirdo?" Well, it was her. I must say that I have no intention of watching her show. Ever. She even has a strange nightmare-inducing voice, like Jame Gumb in the Silence of the Lambs. Eerie, and not in a good way.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                I think she is talented. Her voice is her schtick and she is witty and funny. I find myself laughing a lot from the funny things she says. It's an interesting concept and I like it. I like a lot of these Canadian shows like Chucks day off too. They both have that Canadian accent.

                                                                                                                                1. re: cherrytomato

                                                                                                                                  Okay, maybe I'll watch an episode, but the ad was flat-out scary.
                                                                                                                                  Just for shiz and giggles, do you like Ann Burrell's show?

                                                                                                                              2. I think they axed her on Food Network Canada (old episodes are only available on their website). However, I heard she's been picked up by The Cooking Channel now.

                                                                                                                                http://theavidbaker.wordpress.com/

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                                                                                                                                1. re: sugarcube

                                                                                                                                  Who are you responding and/or referring to? This whole topic is about Nadia G's Bitchen Kitchen ON The Cooking Channel on US TV.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                    Some of the posters here watch the show on Food Network Canada.

                                                                                                                                    I never even heard of The Cooking Channel until this thread.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                      I get it now, but the post was ambiguous enough that it didn't jump right out at me until you made that point. There's also the thing that happens when people post and haven't really followed the bulk of the topic. This topic began just two months ago and is about a NEW show in the US, so.............................

                                                                                                                                      Anyway, no harm no foul. Thanks for the clarification.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                        Not a problem...

                                                                                                                                  2. re: sugarcube

                                                                                                                                    Was the show really cut from Food Network Canada??

                                                                                                                                    That seems odd.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                      I haven't seen it on their lineup for some time now. The last episode I saw was at the end of the summer.

                                                                                                                                      http://theavidbaker.wordpress.com

                                                                                                                                  3. I'm trying to like her, being that she's the new tatted Julia slash Rachel Ray, but it's taking me longer than I thought. I will say this though, her "Word of the Day" vids on youtube are actually pretty funny. I'll list the three funniest vids here so you can giggle amongst yourselves.

                                                                                                                                    Rimbambite --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b3-H2...

                                                                                                                                    Brutta figura --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih6xYi...

                                                                                                                                    Mingia --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Mfqv...

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                      Just like her the way you like! Or not.
                                                                                                                                      There's no right or wrong way for anything in this world.
                                                                                                                                      Just what's right for you. ; )

                                                                                                                                      1. re: aurora50

                                                                                                                                        What kind of word is Bitchin' Kitchen, the show on Food Network? It is degrading to use the term. Since when have we become so cold to degrading terms??? Moreover, who cooks with al the the jewlery - yuck - think leaching of silver and other metals in your food.. No way, I am dying already.This is like the g4 show Effin Science? Have we grown immune to the terms, or are we just insensitive? What example are we setting our kids? how would you explain the terms Bitchin' and Effin to your kids?" You think it is cool???? You are naive? I accept the novelties of the WWW (world wide wen) and new terminology, but this is repulsive!!! Where are we going next? Please wake up.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodieguydenver

                                                                                                                                          Well, I'm not sure where you're coming from or how old you are, but I'm 54 years old, and when I was young, "Bitchin" meant cool, rad, excellent, and it didn't "ruin" me.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: aurora50

                                                                                                                                            I've got 20 years on you Aurora, and in my day that's what it meant, too.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: foodieguydenver

                                                                                                                                            I don't understand a word you just said.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: foodieguydenver

                                                                                                                                              foodieguydenver - no way to know about your personal background but "bitchin' can be a shortening of 'bitching' which (for most of us anyway) means COMPLAINING [try oxfordictionaries.com].............. it doesn't HAVE to have anything to do with the slang for someone's parentage. When used this way it doesn't have to be a problem to explain to your kids...... unless you make it so.

                                                                                                                                              Actually, aurora50, the word you're referring to is supposed to be spelled b-i-t-c-h-E-n. Take it from someone who's lived at the beaches of SoCal for 50 years. I'm guessing that the ...i-n ending is the result of misspelling as in the way 'nucular' has become an acceptable word. ;o))

                                                                                                                                              Watching Nadia G I'm not quite sure how the surfer term wound up in the 'Goombah' jargon.......... IF that's what it's supposed to be.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                Well, it seems to me, that NadiaG doesn't mean to be taken that seriously.
                                                                                                                                                Like her and watch her, or turn the channel. : )
                                                                                                                                                And, besides, we're here to talk about the food, and not language use, right?

                                                                                                                                              2. re: foodieguydenver

                                                                                                                                                I'll lean towards aurora50's definition of radical-cool.
                                                                                                                                                And yeah, we're just insensitive, thanks to popular culture and mass media. I don't think its necessarily cool, but its definitely a part of life these days, especially in kids' lives. With this said, who has to wake up?

                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodieguydenver

                                                                                                                                                  It's kind of amazing how this show has resurrected Dana Carvey's Grumpy Old Man. Kind of a mass awakening of the crotchety all yelling "I'm mad as heck and I'm not going to take it anymore!," Because they'd never say 'Hell' where anyone might hear them.

                                                                                                                                                  Bitchin' <> Bitching <> Bitch.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                                                                                                    "I'll tell your pa to wash your mouth out with soap, you young whippersnapper!"
                                                                                                                                                    (He said, wildly waving his finger in the air).
                                                                                                                                                    "You'll hear from me until who laid the rails!!!!"
                                                                                                                                                    Dadgummit.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                                                                                                      So............... anyone who doesn't appreciate the Nadia G schtick is just too old and grumpy????? Interesting conclusion.

                                                                                                                                                      My problem with it, at least I thought so prior to the armchair psychoanalysis provided here, was that the 'schtick' was corny, unnecessary, and detracted from whatever ability she has to provide useful and enjoyable food preparation (which appears to be substantial to those who can get past the schtick).

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                        Well, first of all:
                                                                                                                                                        1. Lighten up! I'm not so much of a spring chicken. I'm just trying to have a sense of humor and laugh, especially since I'm going through a trying time that is not fitting to talk about here.
                                                                                                                                                        2. Also: It's just her "stchick" that helps me through my day, I happen to think it's funny, PLUS I get the benefit of her cooking and recipes.
                                                                                                                                                        To each his own.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: aurora50

                                                                                                                                                          aurora50............... thanks for the psych consult. It was MplsM ary that was being on the snarky side, not you. Anyway............... My 35 and 30 year-old kids are now telling me I'm getting old because I find Modern Family 'funny', but not 'laugh-out-loud' funny, and don't really like The Office or 30 Rock. So................. maybe I'm a bit sensitive. I started this topic because I really like good cooking shows I can learn from and felt Cooking Channel had gone too 'Food Network' too quickly with this show. Just my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: foodieguydenver

                                                                                                                                                      I agree with foodieguydenver, I don't like the show or NadjaG.

                                                                                                                                                2. Well................ gotta give Cooking Channel and/or Nadia props for good marketing:

                                                                                                                                                  "Nadia G of Bitchin' Kitchen to Headline ZAP Festival 2011". ZAP is a very much respected wine industry event.

                                                                                                                                                  http://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=...

                                                                                                                                                  I made myself watch part of an episode last night and thought she has definitely dialed down the 'schtick'. I know I seem somewhat obsessed with dislike of it. I just find it out of place with what I thought this network was trying to do. Oh, well........... life's too short.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                    She seems to have toned it down a little bit. She actually talks almost normally in the latest Cooking Channel commercial for her show, something about turkey. I wish she talked like that all the time.

                                                                                                                                                    Part of me wonders if she doesn't have such a strong personality because she looks too good. People wouldn't pay any attention to what she's saying if they're admiring her features... unless her obnoxiousness overpowers them.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Had to resurrect this thread - have been wanting to post my opinion. The first time I watched this show I wasn't crazy about it - but now it's a must see for me. I love Nadia - I think she's hilarious and her recipes look deliciousl. I think she's a breath of fresh air - one of the best new shows on the cooking channel along with Debi Mazar and her husband Gabriele's show Extra Virgin.

                                                                                                                                                    Keep the shows coming! And write a cookbook!

                                                                                                                                                    And seriously - some people need to get a sense of humor! I'm 59 and I think it's a bitchin good (and funny!) show -

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jeanne

                                                                                                                                                      I'm enjoying the British history lessons on Saturday before BK.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeanne

                                                                                                                                                        I also really like this show. She has cookbooks available. They are on Amazon.

                                                                                                                                                        I realize not everyone will like the show, but food, drinking and cooking should be fun. Stop taking all this so seriously, it s not

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jbuttitta

                                                                                                                                                          I don't mind the jokes - sometimes she goes for the absurd, which I really like - or the lighthearted approach to cooking. I just don't like the over-the-top stereotypical accent/behaviour. Just can't get past it.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                            One of the TV show schedules, (I can't remember which), has the program categorized as 'Comedy'!!
                                                                                                                                                            Which is somewhat of a disservice to her.
                                                                                                                                                            When you get past the OTT persona stuff, some of the food is quite good.
                                                                                                                                                            Plus its fascinating seeing how her nail polish always color coordinates with the wall colors.
                                                                                                                                                            Looks like they put a lot of thought into the decor.
                                                                                                                                                            We enjoy the program for what it is.

                                                                                                                                                            T88

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Treadmill88

                                                                                                                                                              I could not agree more. Just enjoy it for what it is. I have actually made a few of her recipes and they were great. It's just silly fun to watch. kh

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Jeanne

                                                                                                                                                          I do find myself oddly attracted to Extra Virgin

                                                                                                                                                        3. She's now on FN - late night Friday. Just the thing to watch after a bad date night.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                                                            You know, I liked her at the beginning, and I still like her now.
                                                                                                                                                            She's great fun to watch after a hard day at work.
                                                                                                                                                            AND her recipes are tasty - I've tried 2-3 of them!!
                                                                                                                                                            Nadia, if you're listening, you've got a fan!!!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: aurora50

                                                                                                                                                              I am also a big fan. She is hot, the show is funny and the recipes are good. What's not to like? Cooking shows have always been as much or more about the personality of the presenter as about the recipes. Nadia is doing something fun and new and she is doing it well. If you prefer the same old crap there are plenty of other shows to watch.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jbuttitta

                                                                                                                                                                I think they've developed The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia with you guys in mind. ENJOY!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, they probably did

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                    I liked his pilot episode. I even learned about a Portuguese bread and seafood soup from him. I don't get many recipes from TV shows, but they do occasionally expose me to new and different products and combinations.

                                                                                                                                                            2. FN had a late Friday showing that seemed to be a commercial, more or less, to get people to order whatever cable tier has the Cooking Channel or to ask their cable company to pick it up.

                                                                                                                                                              I liked it because it had an irreverent attitude and had several supporting characters rather than relying on a single chef/host. From the comments, some people hate that about the show.

                                                                                                                                                              I have decided that if I ever had a chance to pitch a show to the Food Network, it would be an Asian fusion show with a quirky host, making fun of Asian stereotypes with a cast of supporting characters. Basically, think Asian Alton Brown who is not uptight about "authenticity" and you're probably in the neighborhood.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: FoodPopulist

                                                                                                                                                                I'd watch Margaret Cho do a cooking show in a heartbeat.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                  Yesterday CC had an Indian special pairing a movie actor with a famous cookbook author. That combo might work with Chinese food as well - but CC already has a San Francisco Chinese cooking show.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                                                                    The actor tried a little too hard but I kicked it. The cookbook author was Madhur Jeffrey. Apparently she is an actress too! Who knew!.?

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                    I'd watch Margaret Cho do about just anything and in her real-life shows she talks about just anything (well I wouldn't want to see her experience with the Atkins diet while she was stuck in LA traffic)

                                                                                                                                                                2. +1- couldn't handle it, if I ever saw Jersey Shores I'd probably go running for the remote just as fast. It really, really grosses me out, and that's just the intro.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. I felt the same way about watching this show as some of the other replies, but you should really give her a chance. Little by little, I realized that she does have a considerable knowledge of what she's cooking and they try to be a little bit more innovative in how they present the show. Yes, it is a little bit over the top but just remember that a lot of people did not like the non-smiling Giada DeLaurentis in the beginning either. Eventually, I hope this show reaches a happy medium between being a comedy and a cooking show. I think it's worth waiting it out.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Abbeshay

                                                                                                                                                                      I do keep trying to find the usefulness below the surface. It's not working for me yet. There's a point at which you just can't any more.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I'm with the 'I like it it,' camp.

                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, its 'schticky,' (even a word?), but, idk. It is actually kinda funny and she also does know what she's doing. Unlike pretty much every show that solely relies on some gimmick, the 'comedy,' (opinions may vary) is just icing the cake of an otherwise decent cooking show.

                                                                                                                                                                      I view it the same as Alton Brown's 'Good Eats.' He does his nerd/science thing and Nadia has her 'notevensurewhattocallit,' thing. Maybe her 'schtick,' was a turn off for you but I suggest giving it another try because at it's core it is about food/cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                      I'd take this show and a punch in the face over another episode of chopped.

                                                                                                                                                                      *edit*

                                                                                                                                                                      Fun fact: Nadia had actually pitched the show to Foodnetwork before taking to the web. They laughed her out the door and she went on with making it a web show. FN begged her to come back after seeing her success on the web, hence the FN show you know as Bitchin' Kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jjjr

                                                                                                                                                                        well good for her, gotta admire the chutzpah. while 'Shtick' is a legitimate Yiddish word for a stage persona's act, 'schticky' is an annoying infomercial product in which the hawker is made to lope around like Cornelius in "Planet of the Apes"

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hill food

                                                                                                                                                                          ah

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Could be worse.. see Adventures of Baron Ambrosia.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                          I started another topic when I caught the trailers for The Baron. This is definitely a 'to each his/her own' thing. But................ aren't most things?

                                                                                                                                                                        2. St Leonard's and the whole Italian-immigrant scene of Montreal (in general) is probably a fun place. I finally understand that THAT is what Nadia is all about -- FUN. As of now, things seem to be working out for her. Buona fortuna. Slightly off topic, this vid is hilarious and I'm including it here for all Italian-immigrants to see (especially those of Montreal). Enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                          Nonna Maria does la spesa --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXfyRb...

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for posting the link!
                                                                                                                                                                            Mrs Porker and I have been mimicking Nonna Maria all weekend:
                                                                                                                                                                            "Hey Dahvy, dah dah dih dah dah Corneh Flake!" We're not Italian, but try to fill in the dah-dih-dah with Goombah, plus whatever Italian curse words we know.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                              Porker, you're welcome. I get a good laugh when watching those vids too.
                                                                                                                                                                              If you need the translation, click on the CC button. The subtitles come up in English.

                                                                                                                                                                              Another vid (no CC though here) --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCxwRu...

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Well - I've been watching since last summer. It's a comedy show. Check her out on her Facebook page. She is very involved in her community and gives back big time. Nadia is a singer sougwriter as well. Very talented. Saw her and her girlfriends in Tulum a few months back. A fun and interesting person. Just wish that the Cooking Channel was in HD (DirecTV) .... ):

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Maggie19

                                                                                                                                                                              I don't think there's any issue as to whether she's talented. This discussion was meant to be about the mixing of 'comedy' with cooking education. Just as not everyone is interested in baking but may love to learn about savory cooking, not everyone wants their cooking education wrapped in comedy.

                                                                                                                                                                              Even more divisive is the STYLE of comedy. My son loved the movie Dumb and Dumber. I found it a total waste of time. That's the way comedy is. Maybe a similar analogy is reality shows. Personally, I won't go near the Kardashians or things like Toddlers & Tiaras, but I'll watch Ice Road Truckers or American Pickers. It's personal preference.

                                                                                                                                                                              The issue I have is that, with hundreds of channels available these days, it's disappointing that one that began with a pretty well-defined public agenda of 'serious' cooking shows has had to add comedy-wrapped shows to stay viable. I might find it more palatable if it were my style of comedy, but I'd still be disappointed.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                                Evidently you, and similar minded people, did not take enough interest in the 'serious' cooking shows that they did show. Shoot, they still show that kind. BK has not replaced their whole line up.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, Cooking Channel is now the VH1 of food. Looking forward to Dr. Drew's Celebrity Food Rehab, cheftestant edition.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MplsM ary

                                                                                                                                                                                    That comparison tells me next to nothing - must be because I've never watched, or even skipped, VH1.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Which 'serious' cooking shows has CC dropped?

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: paulj

                                                                                                                                                                                    paulj, it wasn't that any of us didn't show enough individual interest. There just aren't enough of us.

                                                                                                                                                                                    There's no requirement that I have to like every show, and I don't believe they have to air nothing BUT 'serious' shows, but it's that slippery slope thing..... ya know? Or maybe not?

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                                      Notice the original date of this thread - Oct 2010. How much further has CC slid down the slope? The number of shows with excess humor has doubled. Got to end this post - the Baron is calling me to Baltimore.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                                                                                        I know the date. I started the topic. The slope knows no timeline! Enjoy the Baron! ;o]

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                                          I know I did! I mean it had John Waters, how could I not?

                                                                                                                                                                              2. This thread has gotten way off track. The focus was Nadia, her show and her cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                At first I wasn't sure if I liked the show - after watching for a year or so I now know I'm a fan! I find her funny, like the other people on the show - and think she really knows her stuff. Haven't made anything (my kitchen is slowly being renovated) but many, many things she makes I'd love to try. My niece loves her too! Keep it coming Nadia!

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jeanne

                                                                                                                                                                                  I like the show too.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: libgirl2

                                                                                                                                                                                    As I've said before, I've tried 2-3 recipes before, and they are very tasty.
                                                                                                                                                                                    BESIDES the entertaining value of the show.
                                                                                                                                                                                    THEY WORK.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Anyone else try them???
                                                                                                                                                                                    Just curious --

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aurora50

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, I've tried some of her recipes and picked up a few tricks from Nadia. While I don't love her over the top cheesy persona, if she would tone it down a bit I think she'd be a mainstream hit. Her recipes work. Which is more than I can say for some other FN personalities.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                                                                                                                                                        I can think of one FN personality who's recipes I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I know this is a year old post.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I hope she does not tone it down. I think the show is funny and I'll watch it if it's on. If I wanted to watch a mainstream hit, I'd watch Rachel Ray.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chileheadmike

                                                                                                                                                                                            I hear you Mike. I posted that a year ago. I still like her recipes and I still think a little of the hokiness could be toned down. But I still like her.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I was so excited when I seen previews for this, FINALLY there was an off beat, quirky chick cooking up some bitchin' food (much like myself). I couldn't have been more disappointed. I couldn't tell if this show was a fashion show, comedy skit show, or a joke. I looked up Ms. Nadia G, just where did that Brooklyn accent come from? Canada, really?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: OctoberLyn

                                                                                                                                                                                      Also a comedic actress, and singer who transitioned her web cooking series into a TV cooking show.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: OctoberLyn

                                                                                                                                                                                        actually it is a very common accent in the st-leonard district of montreal. not a put on at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                          Very interesting factoid. Thanks. I had no idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: OctoberLyn

                                                                                                                                                                                          Actually its not Brooklyn - its St. Leonard, a neighbourhood in Montreal;
                                                                                                                                                                                          http://bitchinlifestyle.tv/nadia-gs-a...
                                                                                                                                                                                          and yeah, people really talk like that there.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                            In fact, much of montreal's english community speaks a mongrel version of the language since many people have a mother tongue that is other than english or french. plus, english language training in the montreal school system is horrible. grammar is barely taught, if ever. most of my english schooling was based only on reading comprehension.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: OctoberLyn

                                                                                                                                                                                            Her "Brooklyn accent" is from Toronto, Canada. Born to an Italian Family she spoke Italian first, then French and English and two separate schools as she grew up. Thus the "Brooklyn" sound. If you knew ANYTHING about Brooklyn (which you obviously don't) it is made up of a lot of different cultures some of whom came here a century or more ago and still immigrate to (Italian, Irish, Norwegian (yes, Norwegian), African American, then Puerto Rican, and of course all the various Slovac, Jewish, or Muslim peoples to say the least. Have been born on Long Island and yet having no trace of an accent just means I am from a more protestant back ground but definitely mixed as a good Cioppino. So she sounds just fine and well to me knowing her background in languages and chutzpah. She's a self made woman and part of the cooking show is entertainment. If you don't like it, leave it. I love her. Period. Luv, a goil from Lawngggggeyelandddd. xox oxo

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Irritataed

                                                                                                                                                                                              She was born in Montreal, and grew up in St Leonard, the Italian immigrant part of Montreal, not Toronto. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadia_G...

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. This thread's revived from back when. I'll say again, I only see this show every so often, as chance has it, but I'm to the point that if I see it coming soon on the DVR, I'll record it. I find the recipes actually are pretty solid, if simple. But the whole schtick cracks me up. Nadia is sassy eye-candy, and her back-up team is funny. There are some real writers running this show as well as cooks, and for me it's a breath of fresh air.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                                                                                                                                              With a name like "Bada Bing" I wouldn't have expected any other reaction. ;o]

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                                                What? You talkin' to me?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ;o]]]]]]]]

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I agree that sometimes the schtick is too much, but I like her overall.

                                                                                                                                                                                              "Alla prossima."

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: DoobieWah

                                                                                                                                                                                                Why do I find myself always agreeing with you?

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I have to admit, I like it! When it first aired I was horrified by the name, then my 16-year old daughter and her friend started watching it (they were familiar with Nadia from YouTube) and I watched along, and I enjoy it. She is funny and informative and best of all, made my daughter want to learn to cook! We have made several recipes together and they all were easy,simple, and tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I saw her "rap" début a few days ago, and its no worse than the SNL schtick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Shrinkrap

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is that a compliment?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, I liked it. I likr the snl stuff too. And Drake, so......

                                                                                                                                                                                                      jk, I don't like Drake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I dunno. As a single woman, I LOVE her humor. I'm sick of all the family-oriented cooking shows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    So she makes some pretty funny cracks at her ex's, some killer fashion-statements, and then some hunky guys, like the ripped guy with his shirt off all the time, popping by, and what's not to love?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love her sarcasm and making fun of bad bands like Nickelback. You go, Nadia G!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: natewrites

                                                                                                                                                                                                      At least I have a comparison now. Pioneer Woman, doesn't challenge viewers but Bitchin Kitchen is killer. Got it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      So much easier to understand a point of view with a comparison.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bitchin Kitchen is killer - especially if you try to dress as she does while cooking! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: natewrites

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I just finished an email to Food Network about how lame The Kitchen show is and googled "who else hates The Kitchen show" and I found some comments on Bitchin Kitchen. That show is awesome! Nadia is such a character and the whole premise behind the show is so creative. Her jokes probably go over most viewers heads! Totally agree with the need for a show and characters like Nadia versus another stupid competition. Kitchen Casino-are you kidding me? Bill, take the money and run!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rockinrnb

                                                                                                                                                                                                          >>"Her jokes probably go over most viewers heads!"<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice! Just the right way to engage in the discussion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Midlife

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, bitchin kitchen is high class humour, above most of us peons...

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Show has just started to appear on a cable channel here in the UK., which is showing mainly American food programmes (as if we havnt already got more than enough of our own). I saw one episode and, in absolute truth, thought it was a spoof. Googled and found it isnt. No need for me to watch another episode.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I came to like the show after a period of shocked disbelief. She's cute, and the writing is actually quite funny at times. Plus her recipes actually do work, the few times I've tried them. Not that anything especially technical goes on there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I came to value the show as a unique hybrid of food tv and comedy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wouldn't say it is a unique hybrid....a lot of the attitude reminds me of Alton Brown and Good Eats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            For me, the best cooking show is one that I would be willing to watch even when it is covering something I would never ever cook or eat. Both Good Eats and Bitchin Kitchen qualify.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. i hate da title