Celebrity chef, restaurateur, television host, author and award-winning recording artist Roger Mooking has earned an international reputation as a chef and lifestyle expert that showcases his globally inspired vision. Roger is best known as the host of grilling and barbecue show “Man Fire Food” on Cooking Channel. The popular travelling food series showcases a dynamic range of live fire cooking, including whole hog barbecue, lobster boils, Hawaiian emu’s, seafood roasts and more! 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” on Food Network, and co-host of “Heat Seekers” on the Food Network alongside renowned chef Aarón Sanchez. In addition, Roger hosts “Man’s Greatest Food“, currently airing new episodes on the Cooking Channel where he sets out on a culinary odyssey around the USA seeking “Man’s Greatest Food”.
Outside of the kitchen, this Juno award-winning recording artist has released albums and performed on stage for the last two decades. Abiding by the mantra ‘food feeds the body, music feeds the soul,’ Roger first stepped into the spotlight as a member of the soul trio, Bass is Base. Their early single “Funkmobile” garnered the band a deal with A&M Records and their debut album ‘First Impressions for the Bottom Jugglers’, won a Juno Award in the Best R&B/Soul Recording category in 1995. Their sophomore album, ‘Memories of the Soul Shack Survivors’, gave the band its first Top 20 hit, “I Cry.” In 2013, Mooking released his second solo album “Feedback.” Roger’s highly-anticipated album ‘Eat Your Words,’ due this spring, is as dynamic as his food; influenced by Trinidadian Calypso, Venezuelan vibes, classic hip hop, rock and funk to curate a musically kaleidoscopical experience. As producer, writer and artist on this release, Roger touched all aspects of the album, much like when he creates a dish.
The Trinidadian-born, Canadian-raised chef is influenced by his culturally rich family background, his love of people and travel, and interest in global flavors to create new culinary experiences. After Roger’s grandfather migrated to Trinidad from Quangdong Province, China, “Grandpa Moo” opened a grocery store and a bakery. Ultimately, his grandfather went on to open one of the first Chinese restaurants in Bonaire, in the Caribbean Sea. This sparked the family’s adventures into the food and beverage business, with Roger’s father and extended family eventually overseeing many establishments over the years, many of which continue to this day. 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 including his formal training through the esteemed George Brown Culinary Management Program where he graduated with Top Honors. He continued his training at Toronto’s world-renowned Royal York Hotel before opening and consulting on many food and beverage operations throughout his career including Twist by Roger Mooking, a restaurant showcasing Chef Mooking’s passion for incorporating global flavors and ingredients into North American dishes. Over the years, Roger has garnered many accolades including the prestigious “Premiers Award” for excellence in the field of Creative Arts and Design, a Gourmand World Cookbook Award, a Socan Classics Award, the “Roger Mooking Culinary Award” and scholarship in partnership with Frontline’s Toronto and Second Harvest, and countless “Best Of” mentions.
His talents have led to appearances throughout Southeast Asia, India, North America, Australia, the Caribbean and Latin America, and include features on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Top Chef Canada, Iron Chef, Sway In The Morning, Guy’s Grocery Games 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 daughters is most important to him. He enjoys educating himself and learning about different cultures by reading books on religion, anthropology, philosophy, and history and stays fit by boxing/kickboxing, weight training, yoga and living an active lifestyle.