I really enjoy cooking shows. Ever since The Food Network premiered while I was in high school in the mid 90’s, I dedicated countless hours to watching these personalities develop while they cooked. I remember all of the stars, Emeril, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay when they were younger and greener and trying to make a name for themselves.
During college, my access to The Food Network was limited because the channel was not available on campus, but, once I got my own apartment with cable, I kept on watching. This was around graduate school time, the early 00’s, when Rachael Ray was just a young girl from just a few miles away in Lake Luzerne, NY who landed a gig cooking on TV.
For subsequent years, I stuck with it, until the trend seemed to be that The Food Network was moving toward mainly showing reality programming in prime time. I don’t relate well with shows like Chopped or Throwdown with Bobby Flay or The Next Food Network Star or even The Next Iron Chef. This caused me to move on and watch The Food Network a whole lot less.
Earlier this year, I read about the launch of the Cooking Network, which seemed to be a return to the standard cooking television show, in the original style of the greats like Julia Childs, Emeril, Rachael Ray, and even Bobby Flay. I started watching this channel recently and have been hooked. Not only are the shows a return to the original formula, there are new and diverse concepts and personalities that are showcased.
An example of a unique concept that I never have even come close to imagining is a show called “Bitchin’ Kitchen.” The host of Bitchin’ Kitchen is a super attractive young lady named Nadia G.
The show is absolutely like nothing you have ever seen. Each show is specifically themed, such as how impress your in-laws, foods to cook to deal with anxieties, and what to cook after a one night stand. The show is very much a comedy, as Nadia G. rocks a great “tough-girl” accent and uses strange, specific vernacular. She also has a number of other characters on her show, and these characters are used to educate the unknowing public on things like butchery of meat, uses of spices, and so on.
The appearance of the show is very alternative. When you see Nadia G. on her set, the first thing that will occur to you is “Rockstar!” I think it’s a great touch that she not only matches her set, but that her cooking supplies are also equally “rockstar” to her and her surroundings.
The show has a large web presence. See http://bitchinlifestyle.tv/ In fact, from my research, I found that it started as a web series. Recently, as in this year, it was picked up by Food Network Canada and then Cooking Channel later this year (October-ish). The crew from Bitchin Kitchen is very up-to-date with Social Networking. Within minutes of folllowing and tweeting at @bitchinkitchen, I received a personal reply from the staff thanking me for my support.
So check them out, either at the above web addreses or on The Cooking Channel (Time Warner Cable HD channel 1764, SD Channel 320). The new episodes have been airing on Wednesday nights at 10:30pm.