8 Things You Didn't Know About Celebrity Chef Roger Mooking

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8 Things You Didn't Know About Celebrity Chef Roger Mooking

Read on to learn more about Canadian chef Roger Mooking.

Q: What sparked your interest to pursue a culinary career?

A: From three years old I knew I wanted to pursue food for my life. I'm not sure how I knew this at three years old, but I knew it very clearly.

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Q: You’ve said before that you never cook the same thing twice. So what does breakfast look like in the Mooking household?

A: Breakfast can be waffles, but always with a slightly different batter. Sometimes the batter will have cornmeal, red fife flour, coconut flour, banana puree or coconut milk. Those waffles may be topped with cheese and broiled to finish or topped with maple syrup, ice wine reduction mixed with fennel seeds, or Canadian bacon. I'm always experimenting.

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Q: What does exotic cooking mean to you?

A: I dislike the word exotic. It is a term of relativity. What is exotic to one person is common place to another, so in actuality nothing is really exotic as it cannot be definitely. It is a term of reference for North Americans to agree that they don't understand a certain thing that they feel intimidated by. Don't be intimidated, just learn and move onto the next opportunity to learn something else.

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Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to change up his or her cooking routine, but feels they don’t know where to start?

A: Buy the Everyday Exotic Cookbook. It's a great start.

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Q: Based on their food and culture, what are your favorite cities to visit?

A: Toronto, Bangkok, Singapore, Phnom Penh, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, Maracus in Trinidad and Tobago, Caracas.

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Q: What’s the strangest ingredient that you've ever cooked with or eaten?

A: Nothing is strange. It is all relative.

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Q: How do you balance being a musician and chef? Does one inspire the other in any way?

A: Time is a man-made creation. If you want to do something badly enough you can create the time to do so. It's very simple. I'm inspired by people mostly. People drive everything I make, and endless curiosity as well.

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Q: What's been your favorite moment on the show?

A: Meeting people that I would have never met in my life under usual circumstances. We often come from such different parts of the world and day to day lifestyles that it would be unusual, if not for food, that we would cross paths. That is the magic of food and music. They can bring people together without speaking the same language even.

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In addition to hosting television shows and winning culinary awards, celebrity chef Roger Mooking has released three albums. Born in Trinidad, the chef grew up in Canada, and now strives to combine all his passions into his cooking. Mooking gets inspired by people who influence his style of cooking, and even his music. We asked the multi-talented chef what sparked his interest in pursuing a culinary career, how he balances being a musician and a chef and more.

Check out the slideshow above to learn what Roger Mooking's favorite food cities are and what he makes for breakfast!

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