Roger Mooking | Biography

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  • Full Name Roger Mooking
  • Occupation Professional chef, Author, TV personality, and Musician
  • Nationality Trinidadian-Canadian
  • Birthplace Trinidad and Tobago
  • Birth Date Dec 04, 1973
  • Age 50 Years, 7 Months
Trinidadian-Canadian Professional Chef & Host of 'Man Fire Food'

Roger Mooking | Biography

Author of 'Everyday Exotic: The Cookbook'

Mooking is the host of Cooking Channel's 'Man Fire Food' (2012-Present). Mooking travels across the United States as the presenter of the show, investigating unique ways to cook with fire and smoke, from little campfires to imaginative custom-made grills and smokers.

Roger Mooking is a professional chef and reality TV host. He is best recognized for his long-term appearance on the Cooking Channel's reality series Man Fire Food.

Who is Roger Mooking?

Roger Mooking is a Trinidadian-Canadian professional chef, author, TV personality, and musician. He rose to prominence as the host and judge of several reality TV cooking shows. 

Prior to making his name in the culinary industry, Mooking worked several years as a musician. He was associated with The Maximum Definitive, a hip-hop band in Edmonton, Canada. The band is best known for its 'Juno Award'-nominated song 'Jungle Man.' 

He later moved to Ontario-based R&B band Bass is Base following the disbanding of his former group. Moreover, Mooking has launched his independent solo music albums like Soul Food (2008) and Feedback (2013).

Mooking's rise to TV fame began in 2008 as the host and creator of Magee TV culinary show, Everyday Exotic. He is also the host of Man Fire Food (2012-Present). Mooking travels across the United States as the presenter of Cooking Channel's Man Fire Food, investigating unique ways to cook with fire and smoke, from little campfires to imaginative custom-made grills and smokers.

His other notable TV appearances include Chopped Canada (2014-2017), Chopped (2015), and Guy's Grocery Games (2016). Alongside appearing on TV, he also serves at Toronto-based restaurant Twist By Roger Mooking as its executive chef.

Moreover, he is the author of the ‘2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Award' winning book, 'Everyday Exotic: The Cookbook.'

Age, Nationality & Family

Roger Mooking was born to his mother, Gemma, and father Allay Mooking, on 14 December 1973 in Trinidad and Tobago. His father, Allay, is of Chinese descent, while his mother holds Trinidadian Nationality.

Although born in a Caribbean country, he later relocated to Canada with his family at five years old. His parents owned a restaurant business in Edmonton, where he learned about different European flavors with his mother. 

He gained his culinary education at George Brown College of Hospitality in Toronto.

Wife & Kids

Mooking has been married to his wife, Leslie Mooking, for 14 years now. They eloped and later exchanged wedding vows on 16 October 2007 in front of his family in Tobago. The couple initially met at East End restaurant and dated for two years before getting married.

Leslie is a former fashion designer/ wardrobe stylist. However, she now works closely with her husband and takes care of most of his professional clothing needs.

On 16 October 2020, Roger took to his Facebook account to wish his wife on their 13 marriage anniversary. "It's our #anniversary - lucky 13. So many absolutely crazy ups and downs," he wrote.

Mooking & His Wife Leslie in 2020
Roger Mooking & his wife Leslie Mooking in 2020 (Photo: Facebook)

Mooking and his wife are parents of four children, all daughters. In an interview with when the reporter asked Mooking about how he encourages his children to try different foods. He said that his family goes to the grocery store together every time to buy something new. They bring the new cuisine home and have everyone in the family taste it.

Net Worth

Any authentic sources have published no figures of Mooking's 2021 net worth. However, his primary income comes from his restaurant business and TV career.


Mooking stands at the height of approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Did You Know?

  • Mooking was also the subject of an hour-long biography called Chefography for Cooking Channel.

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