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5 minutes with…Roger Mooking

We caught up with Canadian chef and heatseeker Roger Mooking host of Food Network’s “Man Fire Food” and this is what we found out:

What are you looking forward to most about coming to Margaret River Gourmet Escape?

Well first of all I have never been to Australia so the adventure begins there.  And who doesn’t love cooking and dining outdoors in one of the most gorgeous places on the planet.  Lastly, I’m very excited to learn and see what some of the local ingredients are and trying them locally.  

If you were not a chef, what would your profession be, and why?

I’m an entertainer first I think I would just find a new way to entertain. But with food and music I’m able to speak in universal languages and communicate with people from all over the world and from all walks of life.  

What is your guilty food pleasure?

Them damn red box pringles chips.  I dont indulge often, but once I year I sure do enjoy those super crunchy salty potato things. 

Who in your life inspires you to follow your passions and learn new things?

I think its in my nature to be endlessly curious and inquisitive, but I have four daughters and its important that they see that if you follow your passions and work hard and continue to develop and adapt that life can be a magical thing.  

The sun is shining, we are in beautiful Margaret River, what are you sipping on?

I’ll tell you when I get there.  Surprise me.  

You are not just a chef, but also an award-winning recording artist, what’s on the stereo when your cooking?

It depends who’s home at the time.  If its just me I will likely be listening to Dr Dre very loud or something like that.  If the kids are home it may be a streaming playlist, or something family friendly but adult like LP, Sade, Gary Clark Jr. 

Margaret River is known for its stunning landscapes, but where is the most amazing place you’ve had the opportunity to explore?

That is a hard question but I really love Japan, Paris, Thailand, Cambodia, New Orleans, Barbados, Barcelona, and Castara in Tobago.  

If you could collaborate with any chef in the world, who would it be?

Martin Yan.  

It’s time to party, what song is guaranteed to get you to the dance floor?

Parang Parang by Singing Francine. Parang is a genre of music in Trinidad, typically played during the holiday season. As you may know I was born in Trinidad and have many great memories of family parties and get togethers dancing and listening to Parang.

If you could work with any chef in the world, who would it be?

Francis Mallman. He is the internationally modern day pied piper of open fire cooking and big fire spectacles. 

Who would be your ideal dinner party guests, dead or alive?  

Bob Marley, Mike Tyson, Martha Stewart, Lao Tse, Bruce Lee, my grandmother Ames, Julia Child, Sade, Malcolm X, Kahlil Gibran, Albert Einstein, Muhammad Ali, my grandfather Moses, Lee Scratch Perry, and The Brown Hornet. 


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