Roger Mooking

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Roger Mooking
CNE-Roger-Mooking-2012-crop 01.jpg
Mooking speaks at a demonstration at the CNE.
EducationGeorge Brown Culinary Management Program
Culinary career
Cooking styleGlobal and BBQ

Roger Mooking is a Canadian chef, musician, and TV host. Mooking is the host of the television series Man Fire Food (2012 to present). He is also the host and co-creator of Everyday Exotic. Both programs aired on the Cooking Channel and Food Network Canada. He also appears on Heat Seekers with Aarón Sanchez on Food Network. Mooking has had many appearances on shows such as Today, Good Morning America, The Marilyn Denis Show, Iron Chef America, Top Chef Canada, and Chopped Canada. Mooking's band Bass Is Base received a Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording in 1986.

Early life[edit]

Mooking was born in Trinidad and Tobago[1] into an extended family made up of food and beverage business providers.[2] He moved to Canada at the age of five,[1] and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, where his parents were in the restaurant business.[3] He has both Caribbean and Chinese ancestry.[4] Mooking was introduced to European flavors by his mother, who prepared dishes from recipes passed on by her Ukrainian neighbors.[3]

Roger moved to Toronto, Canada at age 18 to pursue a career in music.[5]



Mooking studied culinary arts at George Brown College of Hospitality and still continues to operate as the chair of the Professional Advisory Committee.[2] Mooking worked at Toronto's Royal York Hotel before co-owning and consulting on many food and beverage operations in Ontario.[6]

During his years as a restaurateur, Mooking was the Executive Chef/Co-Owner of Kultura Social Dining and Nyood Restaurant.[4]

Currently Roger is the Executive Chef at Twist by Roger Mooking, located in Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport.[7]

Television Appearances[edit]

Mooking is the host on several television shows, Heat Seekers and Man Fire Food.[8] He is also the co-creator and host of Everyday Exotic,[8] a television show in which he features spices and other flavorful ingredients from around the globe and shows viewers how to use them in everyday cooking.[4] As the host of Man Fire Food on Cooking Channel, Mooking travels around the U.S. exploring different ways to cook with fire and smoke, from small campfires to creative custom-made grills and smokers. Man Fire Food is in its 8th season. Mooking served as a recurring judge on Food Network's Chopped Canada. He served as a judge on two episodes of season 10 Guy's Grocery Games.

Chef Mooking has also been the subject of an hour-long biography titled "Chefography" for Cooking Channel.[9]

Mooking has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Iron Chef America, Top Chef Canada, The Marilyn Denis Show (as the Culinary Expert), Wendy Williams, Martha Stewart Radio, Unique Eats, Williams Sonoma's Grilling Special, and Steven and Chris. Mooking has also made regular appearances at various food and wine festivals, including New York Food and Wine Festival, South Beach Food and Wine Festival, Gourmet Escape[10] and The Essence Music Festival.


Mooking’s cookbook, "Everyday Exotic: The Cookbook", was published 2011,[1] and garnering a Gourmand World Cookbook award. The book explains how to add unconventional ingredients to traditional dishes to experience the flavors developed by cultures from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas.[1]

Recording Artist[edit]

During the 1990s, Mooking was a member of the soul trio, Bass Is Base.[6] The band consisted of Chin Injeti on bass, Ivana Santilli on keyboards, and MC Mystic (Roger Mooking) on percussion.[11] All three members contributed vocals, Injeti and Santilli as singers and Mystic as a rapper. In addition to the early single "Funk-mobile", which garnered the band a deal with A&M Records,[12] their debut album, First Impressions for the Bottom Jigglers, won a Juno Award in the Best R&B/Soul Recording category in 1995.[13] A year later, the second consequential album, Memories of the Soul Shack Survivors, gave the band its first Top 20 hit, “I Cry.”

Mooking released his second solo album, "Feedback", in July 2013.[14][15]

Year Title Role Notes
2008-2009 Everyday Exotic Himself/Host
2012–present Man Fire Food Himself/Host 6 series' in it
2014-2017 Chopped Canada Himself Recurring judge
2016 Guy's Grocery Games Himself Judge
Season 10 episode 1 and 7: "Guy's Summer Games" and "Spice Masters"


  • Feedback (July 2013) released by Warner Music Canada
  • Soul Food (2008) released by Warner Music Canada
  • Memories of the Soul Shack Survivors (1995)
  • First Impressions for the Bottom Jigglers (1994)
  • Jungle Man (1992)

Charitable work[edit]

In 2011 Mooking partnered up with World Vision Canada and made a trip to Cambodia to exchange information and ideas about child nutrition, and to bring awareness to the issues of healthy food and clean water for families in all countries.[16]

In Fall 2012, Mooking traveled to Bangladesh to visit nutrition-related programming run by Save the Children and to meet with community groups, medical clinics, and local families and explore ways to create sustainable health and nutrition programs so that successful concepts can be applied worldwide. He has continued to work with Save The Children and their programming and has since traveled to Peru as well as worked with the organization locally.

Mooking is also committed to Toronto-based charity Second Harvest, co-hosting its annual charity Toronto Taste, for providing rescued food to families in need.

Personal life[edit]

Mooking is married and has four daughters. He has claimed to have "never [cooked] the same thing twice."[17]


  1. ^ a b c d "Everyday Exotic, the Cookbook: It’s About Flavour". Quill $ Quire. Review by Shaun Smith
  2. ^ a b "Food Network Celebrity chef Roger Mooking wins 2012 Premier’s Award for Outstanding College Graduates" Alumni Stories, George Brown College.
  3. ^ a b "Eats & Beats: Edmonton-raised Roger Mooking is a hit in the kitchen — and on the mic.". Avenue Edmonton, April 2013. by Gene Kosowan
  4. ^ a b c "Being a chef 'was in my soul' ". Globe & Mail. Aug. 09, 2010 Olivia Stren
  5. ^ Carpio, Cristina. “Chef Roger Mooking: Rise to the Top.” Food & Beverage Magazine, 7 Aug. 2018,
  6. ^ a b [1] "The Marilyn Denis Show|Roger Mooking Resident Chef".
  7. ^ Ouzounian, R. (2015). Many ingredients in Roger Mooking's success | The Star. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Jan. 2019].
  8. ^ a b "Sunday Spotlight". 2008. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  9. ^ “Chefography | TV Guide.”, TV Guide, 13 May 2012,
  10. ^ “5 Minutes With...Roger Mooking.” Margaret River Gourmet Escape,
  11. ^ Larry LeBlanc (4 February 1995). Canada: Who's Who. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 80–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  12. ^ Larry LeBlanc (7 October 1995). Bass is Base's Melting 'Soulshack'. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 80–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  13. ^ Douglas Reece (2 March 1996). Loose Cannon Ready to Lob Multiethnic Bass is Base. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 19–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  14. ^ "artist Roger Mooking". CBC News. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  15. ^ "Mooking serves up wide-ranging emotions on album 'Feedback'". by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press, via News 1130 Radio. Jul 8, 2013 1
  16. ^ [2] "WorldVision Media"
  17. ^ [3] "Williams Sonoma: Meet Chef Roger Mooking"

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