World Chefs: No-nonsense food with a pinch of punk

Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:19am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nadia G. (Giosia), the edgy, stiletto-shod creator and star of the comedy-cooking cable TV show "Bitchin' Kitchen," knows you don't have to be a five-star chef to cook a great meal or a foodie to enjoy one.

From a Montreal kitchen decorated in candy colors, leopard skin and leather, the proudly home-schooled Giosia, a second-generation Italian-Canadian, dispenses her simple food and cheeky humor in equal measure.

Giosia, 31, spoke to Reuters about the upcoming release of her book, "Cookin' for Trouble," her core demographic of 25-to-30-year-olds, and how she feels about being labeled the Julia Child of the net generation.

Q: Why is your kitchen 'Bitchin'?"

A: "Bitchin is a term from the 50s that they used in California, meaning cool. If there's one thing 'Bitchin' Kitchen' is, it's cool."

Q: Your show mixes comedy and cooking. Which came first?

A: "I grew up in a food-obsessed Italian family, so food was always front and center in my life. I was a food obsessed person who morphed into a comedian and tried to figure out a way to make fun of my cake and eat it too."

Q: Where do your recipes come from?   Continued...