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Roger Mooking

Celebrity Chef, Award-Winning Recording Artist & Entrepreneur

In the culinary world Roger Mooking has earned a reputation as one of North America’s premier Chefs by developing a culinary philosophy built on the perfect execution of globally inspired culinary traditions.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Recipe for Success – The Six Stage Process Soul Food – Food as a Primal & Community Need Spice Up Your Life!  Move your days from Ordinary to Extraordinary Know Yourself & Know Your Customers Creativity & Passion

Awards

1995
Juno Award | Best R&B/Soul Recording

  • Your lecture proved to be one of the best attended sessions, and through attendee surveys and feedback from your audience, we obtained extremely positive comments and results. You were an articulate, engaging, speaker who is very knowledgeable in your field of expertise. The guests remarked that they learned a lot from your content, found you approachable, witty, delightful, and a captivating motivational speaker!

    - 'BizBash & The Mint Agency
  • (Roger's) presentation, 'Spice Up Your Life,' was most relevant and captivated his audience with his professionalism and speaking style; translating technically complicated information in an engaging, user friendly and immediately applicable manner.

    - Regional Municipality of Durham

Summary Profile

Born in Trinidad, with a heritage of both Caribbean and Chinese ancestry, Roger moved to the cultural mosaic that is Canada at age 5. Based on these experiences Roger was inherently surrounded by several cultural influences that have lead to an inspired journey into the colorful worlds of food and music. Surrounded by an extended family of food and beverage business providers in Trinidad, growing up the conversation often turned to food. In his own words, “while we were eating lunch, the conversation was about what we were having for dinner.” In fact it wasn’t just the culinary businesses that fuelled Rogers love of global cuisine. After moving to Canada, Roger was then introduced to European foods due to his mother’s curiosity with the recipes of the “Babcia’s” or Ukrainian grandmother’s in his Edmonton neighborhood. Roger began his culinary career at the age of 16 when he started working in restaurants. He then continued his professional culinary development at George Brown College of Hospitality where he earned top honors and still continues to operate as the chair of the Professional Advisory Committee. He continued his training at Toronto’s world-renowned Royal York Hotel before co-owning and consulting on many food and beverage operations in Ontario. Today Roger Mooking is the Host and Co-Creator of his own internationally broadcast television series, Everyday Exotic, which explores flavors from around the globe and shows viewers how to use these ingredients in everyday cooking. Roger’s award-winning cookbook of the same name hit the shelves in 2011, transforming ordinary meals around the world and garnering an award from the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook awards. Roger is also the Co-host of the Food Network hit series Heat Seekers with Aaron Sanchez and is Host of Man Fire Food; which has Roger traveling around the US exploring different ways to cook with fire and BBQ. Man Fire Food has just been picked up for season 2. Chef Mooking has also been the subject of an hour-long biography entitled Chefography for Cooking Channel where the broadcaster followed the intimate details of his career passions from birth to today. Roger is also an acclaimed and decorated recording artist. Roger was a member of the Juno Award-winning soul trio; Bass is Base during the ‘90’s. Over the years, he has shared stages with the likes of James Brown, Celine Dion, The Marley Family, Busta Rhymes, The Roots, and The Guess Who’s Burton Cummings. Roger continues his love of music with solo albums Soul Food (2008) and Feedback (spring 2013). Roger has dedicated his time and resources to both local and international charities. His work has taken him to S.E Asia to experience, first hand, food insecurity issues that many of the individuals of the regions live with everyday. In Fall 2012 Roger visited Bangladesh to meet with community groups, medical clinics and local families to explore ways to create sustainable health and nutrition programs so that successful concepts can be applied worldwide. Additionally, Roger is committed to Toronto based charity Second Harvest; Toronto’s most significant charity for providing rescued food to families in need.