Roger Mooking appeared on the other side of the judges table on last night’s Chopped (US) hosted by Ted Allen. Competing in a special celebrity chef Holiday Cooking episode against fellow Cooking Channel chefs Gabriele Corcos, Kelsey Nixon and Jim Stacy, Chef Mooking was triumphant after three spectacularly heated rounds in the kitchen. As a judge on Food Network Canada’s Chopped Canada hosted by Brad Smith, Roger Mooking is familiar with the show concept; take four chefs, three intense rounds, a mystery basket of ingredients and turn those ingredients into a dish that will be judged on creativity, presentation and taste, all while racing against the clock.
“It was a real head spinner being on the other end of the judges table and especially so with the particularly critical judges that I had to face. The daunting reality that the competitors face every episode really renewed my respect for the Chopped empire even more. I would be lying if I didn’t say that it was awesome being crowned a Chopped Champion though.” – Roger Mooking
Chef Mooking, a father of four daughters, has donated his winnings of $10,000 to Save the Children, a global organization for children, delivering programs and improving children’s lives in more than 120 countries worldwide. http://www.savethechildren.ca