Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-07-29
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Nadia G. stirs it up in the kitchen
TELEVISION Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Sarah Toce
2012-03-06

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


She rocks a bitchin' risotto while visions of decapitated dolls dance in her head. The Cooking Channel's Nadia G. (full name: Nadia Giosia) is an unapologetic tough Italian cookie from Montreal, Quebec and her unique approach to comedy in the kitchen has tongues wagging…for a second helping.

The 31-year-old comical foodie writes, produces and stars in her own culinary vehicle and she's smokin' hot ... at the same time. Arguably, the coupling of these two theories has never been embraced quite in this way before—something that sets her strategically apart from the rest.

At first, the network wasn't too keen on the "Bitchin'" concept.

"It was kind of a hard sell because the network thought it was too edgy. They kept asking us if we had a reality show in mind instead, but we told them that the reality show would basically be us sitting in front of our computer screens in our pajamas all day," she said.

Eventually, the show transitioned from a mobile episodic to primetime television—perhaps due to the one thing that initially threatened the networks most: its individuality.

Nadia told me: "We are breaking down stereotypes with this show because we are proving that women do not have to be wearing pastel to be in the kitchen and that you can be a strong woman with an attitude and still be a great cook."

Adding, "I didn't want to have a cooking show that was vanilla and boring. I didn't go to a cooking school so the recipes I present on the show are ones that anyone could do."

If her recipes are any indication, she's absolutely anything but an ordinary chef. A few of her noteworthy dishes include: baked mac 'n cheese with caramelized onions and duck sausage; mocha served with chiacchere; potato pizza; egg white with caramelized onions and homemade fig jam sandwich with salad and maple balsamic dressing; and crispy tuna-cake sliders with citrus slaw.

When I asked what inspires her one-of-a-kind food flair she shared, "I'll be eating in a restaurant on the road and get inspired to create something by switching out the risotto for pappardelle, for example. It's all about having fun in the kitchen and really trying new things involving traditional dishes."

Imagine, if you will: Julia Child mixed with Carol Burnett and a dollop of Pat Benatar. There you have it: Nadia G.

"I think the reason people compare me to Julia Child is because of our no nonsense and strong-willed attitude in the kitchen," she told me.

For Nadia G., the concept is simple: "It's about the stories and the food that gets you to the table. You don't have to look far to taste some of the best food the world has to offer. I'd pit my grandmother against a 3-star Michelin chef any day."

As for the rock vibe she exhibits throughout each 30-minute episode, we wondered if she had a band or any real musical inclination outside of the TV set. "I don't necessarily have a specific band that I play with because I really like to team up with different people and write music. There is a song that I co-wrote with a friend in Montreal that will hopefully be included in one of the last episodes this season as a music video."

One would be remiss to leave out the other cast members complimenting Nadia G. in the kitchen.

"We cast for the show a long time ago when we were working on the three-minute mobile show and my ideas went right out the window when I met these guys," Nadia said. "Panos' family actually owns a fish shop in Montreal and that really is his wife on the show with him. You can even get a glimpse of his son covering his ears when he sings in the Christmas video."

Joining Panos the Fish Guy are The Spice Agent and Hans—all equally…unique … in their own out-of-this-world ways.

Perhaps she summed up the entire interview best when she told me very plainly: "Your kitchen has to be a reflection of you and mine just so happens to have decapitated dolls and fake fur."

And that, Nadia G., is why we love you.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Kenya Moore is 'Gone with the Wind Fabulous' 2015-07-21
LGBTs among Emmy nominations 2015-07-16
Entertainment: Marriage film; 'Million-Dollar Listing'; Ryan Reynolds 2015-07-14
TELEVISION 'I Am Jazz' series documents famed transgender girl 2015-07-08
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Scott Turner Schofield, 'Bold' turn on daytime soap 2015-07-01
TELEVISION David Oyelowo talks personalities, sexuality in HBO's 'Nightingale' 2015-07-01
The mysteries of Debra Messing 2015-06-24
World: Soccer star comes out; 'Thrones' criticized; activist fined 2015-06-23
Entertainment: John Barrowman; Dallas Buyers Club; Ellen Page; Downton Abbey 2015-06-23
Trans teen to guest on USA's 'Royal Pains' 2015-06-19
Star Jones fights for diversity, equality in the workplace 2015-06-17
TELEVISION Paula Abdul: So she thinks she can judge 2015-06-17
TV ads first to show Asian/America, South Asian parents loving their LGBT kids 2015-06-09
TV Genealogy Roadshow host talks her own roots, LGBT topics 2015-06-03
TELEVISION 'Becoming Us': A real-life 'Transparent' 2015-06-03
TELEVISION The bold standard: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda 2015-06-02
TELEVISION Gethin Anthony dives into Manson role in 'Aquarius' 2015-05-27
Entertainment: GLAAD honors Ripa, Roberts; Rock 'n' Roll May 30; 'Queer Qomedy' 2015-05-27
NUNN ON ONE Sutton Foster grows 'Younger' on TV, will entertain at Goodman Gala 2015-05-13
Entertainment: Andy Cohen; 'Chocolate City'; Taryn Manning; 'Empire' 2015-05-12
Queen Latifah starring in 'Bessie' May 16 2015-05-06
A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's premieres on WTTW-11 May 3 2015-04-29
NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Raul Castillo: From 'Lampshade' to 'Looking' 2015-04-29
Entertainment: Andrew Rannells; Cher; Hugh Jackman; 'Orange Is the New Black' 2015-04-22
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Emily Deschanel makes no 'Bones' about it 2015-04-15
Entertainment news: GLAAD Awards; Ellen; Dirk Shafer; Zachary Quinto 2015-04-14
TELEVISION Jussie Smollett and Yazz: Lyons rule 'Empire' 2015-04-08
Entertainment: Celebs on Indiana; Bradley Cooper; Laverne Cox; Annie Lennox 2015-03-31
DeGeneres show to air to Chicago 2015-03-31
Sean Hayes on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday 2015-03-28
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Taryn Manning dishes on new music, 'Orange Is the New Black' 2015-03-25
Entertainment: Madonna; Matt Bomer; Billie Jean film; Josh Groban 2015-03-17
TELEVISION Kevin Bacon talks 'The Following' and kissing James Purefoy 2015-03-11
'Empire' actor: 'There's never been a closet' 2015-03-11
Entertainment: Kerry Washington; Alexander McQueen;'The Fosters'; Mario Lopez 2015-03-11
TELEVISION New Kids' Jonathan Knight competes on 'The Amazing Race' 2015-03-04
Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne 2015-03-03
RuPaul's 'Battle' tour comes to Chicago 2015-02-24
Entertainment: Darren Criss; Kelly Clarkson; chef Art Smith; Tom Ford 2015-02-24
NUNN ON ONE Vicki Lawrence takes 'Mama' on a road trip 2015-02-17
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.