Roger Mooking is a globally recognized, Trinidadian born, Canadian raised talent that creates immersive experiences in the Arts. As a celebrity chef, restaurateur, television host, author, and award-winning recording artist Roger Mooking has earned an international reputation as a multi-media artist and entertainer showcasing a globally inspired vision that reflects his rich family heritage, love for people and travel.
Roger is best known as the host of the internationally celebrated grilling and barbecue show “Man Fire Food” on Warner / Discovery Networks. The popular travelling food series showcases a dynamic range of live fire cooking. As if he didn’t already have a full plate, Roger is also the host of “Greatest of America” on Travel Channel, the host and co-creator of the internationally broadcast television series “Everyday Exotic” , and co-host of “Heat Seekers” on Food Network alongside chef Aarón Sanchez. In addition, Roger hosts “Man’s Greatest Food” where he sets out on a culinary odyssey around the USA seeking “Man’s Greatest Food”.
Over the past few years, Roger has made his mark in the world of interactive art, cultivating a number of immersive experiences that merge visual, sonic, and the culinary arts with the City of Toronto. Amongst those has been his involvement with Toronto’s Awakenings (winner of the prestigious 2022 Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History), a series of art projects created within the Toronto History Museum by black and indigenous artists, operating under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, and anti-racism. In association with Awakenings and the City of Toronto, Roger has been the lead artist and / or collaborator for the exhibitions, Read(In), Dis/Mantle, and The Burn. He has also Directed several music videos and created branding, creative direction and album artwork.
The Trinidadian-born, Canadian-raised chef is influenced by his culturally rich family background, his love of people and travel, and interest in global flavours to create new culinary experiences. While Roger’s earliest influences are his family’s Chinese and Caribbean specialties, Roger has also trained under Japanese, Chinese, French and Swiss German chefs.
Throughout the years Chef Mooking has opened and consulted on many food and beverage operations including Twist by Roger Mooking, located at award-winning Toronto Pearson International Airport. Over the years, Roger has garnered many accolades including the prestigious “Premiers Award”, a Gourmand World Cookbook Award, a Socan Classics Award, a Juno Award, an Ontario Heritage Award for his work in the City of Toronto’s Awakenings projects, and countless “Best Of” culinary mentions.
Not only has this Juno award-winning artist been busy in the kitchen, but he has also continued his decades-long, career and love of music and producing. His latest EP Edibles, his 5th solo studio album, was released in 2022.
His talents have led to appearances throughout Southeast Asia, India, North America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean and Latin America, and include features on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Wall of Chefs, Fire Masters, Top Chef Canada, Iron Chef, Guy’s Grocery Games, Supermarket Stakeout and Chopped as a guest judge as well as winning the special All-Star Chopped celebrity chef episode.
Although Roger may be one of the busiest men in the entertainment world, being a husband and father of four children is most important to him.