Roger Mooking is a celebrity chef, television host, cookbook author and award winning recording artist.
Roger Mooking has earned an international reputation as one of North America’s premier Chefs by developing a culinary philosophy built on the perfect execution of globally inspired culinary traditions. Coming from a culturally diverse background, the Trinidadian-born, Canadian-raised Chef is no stranger to combining various influences to new and exciting culinary adventures. After Roger’s paternal grandfather (Grandpa Moo) migrated to Trinidad from Quandong, China he went on to open several bakeries on the small Caribbean Island. This sparked the family’s many successful forays into the restaurant and catering business, with Roger’s father and extended family eventually overseeing many establishments.
While Roger’s earliest influences are his family’s Chinese and Caribbean specialties, Roger also trained under Japanese, Chinese, French, and Swiss German Chefs including his formal training through the esteemed George Brown Culinary Management Program where he graduated with Top Honors and is now the Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee.
This third generation restaurateur continued his training at Toronto’s world-renowned Royal York Hotel before co- owning and consulting on many food and beverage operations. Partnering with HMSHOST and Toronto Pearson International Airport, Roger has launched “Twist by Roger Mooking’; a restaurant that incorporates global flavors and ingredients into locally sourced North American comfort food.
Over the years, Roger’s restaurants and affiliated projects have garnered many accolades including winning the prestigious “Premiers Award” in Ontario for excellence in the field of Creative Arts and Design.
He is the host and co-creator of his own internationally broadcast television series Everyday Exotic. His award- winning cookbook, based on the show, explores pairing ingredients from all corners of the globe with everyday meals. He is also the co-host of Heat Seekers airing on Food Network and host of Man Fire Food on Cooking Channel. Roger is a reoccurring judge on Chopped Canada, which premiered to an all-time audience record high for Food Network Canada. His culinary talents have led to appearances throughout Asia, North America, Australia, the Caribbean & Latin America and include features on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Top Chef Canada, Iron Chef and Chopped as a guest judge as well as winning the special All-Star Chopped celebrity chef episode.
Taking his talents outside of the kitchen, this Juno award winning recording artist has graced the stage with artists such as James Brown and Celine Dion. In 2016, Mooking’s world came full circle; catering the Juno Awards Gala and serving up his signature Mooking culinary dishes to the best in the Canadian music scene. According to Roger ‘food feeds the body, music feeds the soul”.
But for Roger, what is most important is being a dedicated husband and father of four daughters. You could say Roger has a full plate!