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Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen Returns To Cooking Channel

One year ago I sat down for a conversation with Nadia G of Bitchin’ Kitchen.  The resulting interview was one of the most entertaining I’ve ever done.  Nadia knocked me out with her authenticity, energy and positivity.  That’s why I was thrilled when I got the following press release from the Cooking Channel:

Season Two of Original Series Premieres Wednesday, November 2nd at 10pm ET/7pm PT and Delivers Nadia G’s Fresh Take on Haute Cuisine with a Side of Stiletto-Sharp Wit

Nadia G Bitchin' KitchenNEW YORK, NY – September 27, 2011 –  Cooking Channel returns to the wildly popular world of Culinary It-Girl Nadia G this November, with a second season of the comedy-cooking show Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen slated to premiere on Wednesday, November 2nd at 10pm ET/7pm PT.  Just as skilled in strutting in stilettos as wielding a meat cleaver, Nadia brings her savvy chef know-how and rock star attitude to the series while sharing recipes and cooking tips for both beginner and seasoned at-home cooks.

With themes from “Bitchin’ Booty Camp” offering healthy dishes for staying in shape, and “Girls Night In” for a decadent evening with cocktails, to “Getting the Romance Back” for couples who want to reignite the magic, Nadia G’s Bitchin Kitchen serves up platefuls of killer food and wicked entertainment.

In the second season premiere, “(Dysfunctional) Family Pizza Night,” Nadia throws a make-your-own pizza party and shares her family recipe for Rustic Pan Pizza from scratch.  She whips up her childhood favorite Potato Pizza with Onions and Herbs, and follows it up with a masterpiece Pizza with Salami di Genoa, Calamita Olives, Pecorino and Fresh Spinach.  After the leftover dough is fried to make Fritelle with kid-friendly Chocolate Nougat Fondue, Nadia riffs on family dynamics and embodies the rock-star fantasy most parents had to abandon along the way.   After the premiere of her “Flavor of the Week” music video, Nadia is joined by her cast of food correspondents – Panos, The Spice Agent and Hans.

Nadia G has a sharp wit, killer style and can cook up a storm in three-inch cherry heels.  She looks at the funny side of everyday situations and turns them into occasions worth celebrating – with great food and big laughs.  Focusing on accessible haute cuisine, fresh organic ingredients and a hands-on approach, Nadia’s recipes are rooted in the Casalinga-style Italian cuisine she grew up with and infused with the culinary influences of her beloved hometown Montreal.

Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen began as the short web program “Bitchin’ Kitchen.” The series was a runaway success winning numerous awards such as Favorite Mobile Series, Hottest Emerging Brand in Canada and a nomination for Brand of the Year 2009.  In 2010, the series had its television premiere on Food Network Canada and Cooking Channel.  Nadia G is also releasing a new book “Cookin’ for Trouble” (Ballantine), which will be available beginning October 25th.

Now check out Nads in her new music video singing “Flavor of the Week.”

Goodbye, Ace of Cakes

It’s hard to believe that Food Network is doing away with Ace of Cakes but I guess it is time.  It is the only cake-orientated show I have ever liked.  It seems that every cake show that comes out only serves to get worse.  Cake Boss, Food Network Cake Challenge, Cupcake Wars, et al.  None of them are worth the parchment paper they are baked on.

The word on the streets is there are plans for some sort of Duff only show but so far nothing concrete has come out.  I hope so, Duff is a great natural character.  So on behalf of all the people who have watched Ace of Cakes over the years I would like to wish good luck to Duff, Adam, Mary Alice, Anna, Elena and the adorably sexy Katherine Hill as well of all the others who have served up fondant covered fun.  Adios, cake dudes, you will be missed.

It is cool that Food Network is giving the folks at Charm City Cakes a celebrated swan song.  I wonder if they will do the same for the recently axed Private Chef of Beverly Hills.  I would like one last farewell from the gang at Big City Chefs, some of whom I am proud to count as friends.

The final episode of Ace of Cakes airs tonight at 10/9 Central.

Ace of Cakes Final Episode

Is Aarti Canceled Or Does She Party On?

A no-brainer.  Aarti Party is easily the best Next Food Network Star series that Food Network’s most popular show has ever produced.  Aarti announced her second season simply saying, “YAAAAAAAAYYYYY! I’m on for a second Aarti with Sunny Anderson and Roger Mookingseason!!!”  Aarti’s Facebook announcement about being renewed received more than 500 “Likes” and nearly 200 comments in just 4 hours.  So much for the lunatic fringe that was hoping Aarti Party was canceled.

Season 3 of Aarti Party just wrapped taping and new episodes should start airing in July of 2011.  If the show keeps pulling the ratings it has been it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.  Or will it?

In fact, Aarti Party is going global.  Aarti recently announced that the show is headed across the pond.  From Aarti via her Facebook page, “What’s up ye olde United Kingdom? I’ve got some intensely exciting news. I’m going to be on Food Network UK starting August 1st! Tune in, what what!! (US folks, tell your UK friends about it too!)”

UPDATE:  Food Network has ceased shooting new episodes of Aarti Party after just three seasons.  However, Aarti’s show will live on with the Cooking Channel.  Aarti is now a regular contributor on Drop 5 lbs with Good Housekeeping with fellow NFS winner Melissa D’Arabian.  Aarti had this to say on her Facebook page, “Since everyone has been asking, and I don’t want to ignore you and make you think I don’t read your comments, I guess I should let you know that my show was not picked up. I found out last year but I didn’t want to make a big deal about it. I am doing tons of new stuff for FN and Cooking Channel though, and I can’t wait for you guys to see it!”

A quick review of FNS winners:

  1. Party Time with the Hearty Boys got six episodes then was canceled.  Was brought back for 13 episodes and then canceled again.
  2. Guy’s Big Bite is still in production after 120 plus episodes.
  3. The Gourmet Next Door got six episodes then was canceled.  Reportedly Food Network offered host Amy Finley 13 more episodes but she declined and moved to another country.
  4. Big Daddy’s House, despite atrocious ratings, was given 61 episodes before being canceled after five seasons.
  5. Ten Dollar Dinners has to date produced 32 episodes over three seasons.  Currently filming season four.  New episodes continue to air on Sundays while older episodes join the M-F daytime line-up beginning Sept. 26th.  The move to the daily line-up is a strong sign that Food Network plans to make many, many more episodes of Ten Dollar Dinners.
  6. Aarti’s Party produced 28 episodes over three seasons.  The ratings were quite good but Food Network has moved it to the Cooking Channel in re-runs only.
  7. The Sandwich King premiered to great reviews and a second season just started airing.
YAAAAAAAAYYYYY! I’m on for a second season!!!

Travel Channel Nixes Food Wars and Camille Ford

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I have just learned that the Travel Channel canceled Food Wars after just two seasons.  From the volume of searches for pictures and information about hostess Camille Ford this is a bit surprising.  Scripps (parent company of Travel Channel, Food Network, HGTV, et al) is not stupid however as Ford will be hosting a new show on HGTV set to premiere in the fall.  No word on whether she will continue as part of the cast of Best Places I’ve Ever Been. Good move.  For more of Camille Ford in action watch full episodes of Food Wars online HERE.  Ask yourself, who wouldn’t want to see more of this:

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