Chef, Author and Restaurateur Roger Mooking
Chef 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 grandfather migrated to Trinidad from China, he opened several bakeries on the small Caribbean Island. This sparked the family’s many successful forays into the restaurant and catering business.
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.
This third generation and award winning restaurateur went on to co-own and consult on many food and beverage operations including “Twist by Roger Mooking"; a restaurant that incorporates global flavors and ingredients into locally sourced North American comfort food.
Chef Mooking 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. Along with being an expert voice and judge on Chopped Canada, he is also the host of TV shows Heat Seekers and Man Fire Food. His culinary talents have led to appearances throughout the world and include features on Top Chef Canada, Iron Chef and Chopped America as a guest judge as well as a winner of 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 icons 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!