Roger Mooking has earned an international reputation as a renowned chef executing a culinary
style that showcases his globally inspired vision. 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. After Roger’s grandfather migrated to
Trinidad from Quangdong Province, China, "Grandpa Moo" opened a grocery store and a
bakery on the the Caribbean Island. Ultimately Grandpa Moo went on to open one of the first
Chinese restaurants in Bonaire which is a small island in the Caribbean sea. This sparked the
family’s successful adventures into the restaurant and catering business, with Roger’s father
and extended family eventually overseeing many establishments over the years. 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
This third generation restaurateur 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 flair
for incorporating global flavors and ingredients into locally sourced North American dishes.
Over the years, Roger’s restaurants and affiliated projects have garnered many accolades
including the prestigious “Premiers Award” in Ontario for excellence in the field of Creative Arts
He is the host and co-creator of 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. He is the co-host of Heat Seekers airing on Food Network, host
of grilling and barbecue show Man Fire Food and host of Man's Greatest Food, both airing on
Cooking Channel in North America and all around the world. Roger is also a reoccurring judge
on hit series Chopped Canada on Food Network Canada. His culinary talents have led to appearances throughout S.E 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, Guy's Grocery Games and Chopped as a guest judge as well as winning the special Chopped All-Star celebrity chef episode.
Taking his talents outside of the kitchen, this Juno award winning recording artist has released
albums and performed on stage for the last two decades. In 2016, Mooking’s world came full
circle catering the Juno Awards Gala and served up his signature Mooking 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 husband and father of four daughters. You
could say Roger has a full plate!