About Best Kitchen Design
From a very young age, Kristan Cunningham had an astute eye for design. She received a scholarship to study interior design at the University of Charleston in her home state of West Virginia. After college, she headed west to Los Angeles to enter the "glamorous world of design". She kicked off her career landing a job at one of L.A.'s premiere furniture showrooms, climbing the ranks from sales associate to buyer, where she quickly earned a reputation for her furniture designs. In 2001, Kristan became a resident designer for a renowned kitchen design firm in L.A.'s hip and trendy Design District.
After an appearance on Home and Garden Television's popular series Designer's Challenge, Kristan was asked to join the HGTV family. In 2003, she became the host and lead designer of Design on a Dime, the hit show with a fresh approach to budget conscious style. Recently, Kristan was given the challenge of designing and executing a couple's dream wedding on Design on a Dime's first primetime special. Her on-air appearances have grown to include popular design segments on Today, The Wayne Brady Show, Life and Style, Tyra and Live! With Regis and Kelly.
Kristan hit bookstands in 2003, featured in the best selling book Design on a Dime: Achieve High Style on a $1000 Budget. It was quickly followed up with the equally successful Six Steps to Design on a Dime. Other books featuring Kristan's designs include HGTV's Kitchen's, and HGTV's Bathrooms. Kristan is also a contributor and Lifestyle Expert for Redbook magazine's Marriage Institute. In 2004, Kristan and her fiancée Scott Jarrell, purchased the home of renowned modernist architect Conrad Buff. Their extensive two-year renovation was documented in a five part series featured in Better Home and Garden's DIY magazine. In addition, Kristan has made several public appearances in support of Goodwill Industries.
Trained at the culinary institute of "Hard Wooden Spoon Whacks", her passion for food and cooking came from growing up in a boisterous Italian family, consisting of cooks and caterers who never quite gave up the belief that Casalinga-style cuisine is the center of the universe. Nadia G. is home-schooled, DIY and proud of it.
She was an early pioneer of the online entertainment industry. For the last 7 years, she has run her own boutique 2.0 design/branding studio, but always felt something was missing - the food! So she decided to have her cake... and design it, brand it, write it, produce it and eat it too. In 2007, Bitchin' Kitchen (2010) debuted as a three-minute mobile show. A runaway success, the show quickly gained the attention of mainstream broadcast media. In 2010, "Bitchin' Kitchen" premiered on Food Network Canada and became the first-ever first online lifestyle entertainment brand to successfully transition from Internet to prime time.
Nadia G is the author of two best-selling cookbooks: "Cookin' for Trouble" (Ballantine / Random House 2011), and "The Bitchin' Kitchen Cookbook: Rock Your Kitchen and Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess" (Skirt!, 2009). Providing delectable recipes and hilarious anecdotes, her books show how even the most novice cooks can recreate the Bitchin' Kitchen cuisine. In addition to being a chef-comedienne, Nadia G. also has a fierce sense of style. Bright red lips, wild hairstyles and sexy heels are the name of her game. In an effort to share her style with fans, Nadia G. designed a variety of items for the Bitchin' Boutique. For the kitchen vixen, she offers aprons, a guitar-shaped spatulas, oven mitts, and rockin' Bitchin' Kitchen tees.
When not racking up the accolades and awards such as: "Best Lifestyle Host" (nominated 26th Gemini's 2011), "Digital Media Woman of the Year", (winner nextMedia 2011), "Hottest Emerging Digital Brand in Canada", (winner nextMedia 2010) or the 2007 Wave Award for favorite mobile comedy series (she beat out Conan O'Brien!), Montreal-native Nadia G. enjoys writing comedy songs and working on her rock solid abs.