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Trained at the culinary institute of Hard Wooden Spoon Whacks, Nadia G holds her own in and out of the kitchen. But that doesn’t mean her rise from skit comedy actress and web strategist to culinary star was easy. Born Nadia Giosia, the Montreal-raised star of Bitchin’ Kitchen knows a thing or two about kicking through career barriers (in stilettos, no less) and crafting a kick-ass pasta to boot. Some tips, from the source herself:

Don’t worry about trying to fit a ‘type’

“Women don’t fit into these ridiculous stereotypes: that if you are good looking or sexy, you must be dumb, or if you’re funny, you can’t be attractive. You know, we’re very complex creatures and it’s the combination…and most importantly the ability to laugh at oneself and not take it all too seriously.”

Find your strengths and flaunt them

“We live in an oversaturated marketplace and if you don’t have a unique voice and bring a mix of talent to the table, it’s not going to work out. This isn’t the 1950s where there’s like, five choices…There’s just millions of people out there online, and millions of different things they could be doing, so you’ve got to bring all your strengths to the table and create an interesting personality cocktail, if you will.”

Don’t wait for someone else to approve your big independent project

“Online is the place to do it, and in a way, you don’t have much of a choice. On the positive side, it allows you to get your hands dirty and get into your project without waiting for some executive to magically bestow you the opportunity, because that’s not going to happen. Another positive of starting online is that you can start building that audience and have a proof of concept if ever you want to sell it. The downside is — well there’s no downside — but the reality, rather, is that everybody has to start online these days when they have their own business.”

Be your own champion

“Believing in yourself, and believing that you are the sh** is important, and I think guys do that more easily. You know, they can cook up a crappy meal and still make it sound [amazing]. And lord knows, I’d pit my grandmother against a 3-star Michelin chef any day of the week. But they have that attitude that commands attention and I think this is something that women need to work on. It’s difficult, because we’re presented with these waifish, Photoshopped versions of female perfection, and every time we look at that – selling us everything from beer to Q-tips – it chips away at the reality of the female form, both intellectually and physically. You want to be able to get over that, and make your own mark, and be loud. And if people are not listening, just keep yelling. Because eventually they’re going to get sick of it, and some doors are going to open for you. That’s the story of my life.”

If you want to make a quick, easy Italian meal to impress, you can’t go wrong with spaghetti alla puttanesca

“All you need is some anchovies, some capers, some Kalamata olives, fresh cherry tomatoes and olive oil, and you’ve got this olive oil-based sauce that’s got so much umami in it because of the anchovies…And then you boil some spaghetti and mix it all together and that’s a very simple dish that will impress and deliver on satisfaction.”

GET NADIA G’S SPAGHETTI ALLA PUTTANESCA RECIPE HERE

Nadia G is the host of Bitchin’ Kitchen, and the author of best-selling cookbook, “Bitchin’ Kitchen Cookbook: Rock Your Kitchen – And Let The Boys Clean Up The Mess.”

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