AWARD - Pioneers For Change
June 09 2016

I'm so honoured to have been chosen as a receipient for the Excellence In Arts Award from Pioneers For Change this year. I'm so proud and humbled to be recognized by such a prestigious program that celebrates new and hardworking Canadians that are making great strides to make their visionary dreams into a reality.
A Perfect Pairing: Juno Awards & Roger Mooking
March 08 2016

JUNO Award Winner and Celebrity Chef Roger Mooking to Create Menu for the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards.

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is proud to announce that JUNO Award winning artist and celebrity chef Roger Mooking will create the menu for the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards presented by SOCAN. Mooking will be the first-ever celebrity chef to curate the food for the event, creating an exclusive three-course meal for Canada's music elite.

An exclusive industry celebration featuring the biggest names in Canadian music, the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards will take place on Saturday, April 2 at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre and will recognize 35 JUNO Award winners, the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award and the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

Roger Mooking has an insatiable passion for food, travel and music, and has earned an international reputation as one of North America's premier chefs by developing a culinary philosophy built on the execution of globally inspired culinary dishes. The Trinidadian-born, Canadian-raised chef is no stranger to combining various cultural influences to new and exciting adventures. While Mooking's earliest culinary influences are his family's Chinese and Caribbean specialties, he has also trained under Japanese, French and Swiss German chefs over his 20-year culinary career.

Taking his talents outside of the kitchen, Mooking began his entertainment career in the studio as much as in the kitchen. When he was first starting out as a young chef in Alberta, he would take his pay cheque from working in the kitchen all day and head to the studio to record all night. The hard work paid off when his group Bass Is Base, a Toronto acid jazz and hip hop trio, won a 1994 JUNO Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording and exploded on the music scene with the hit songs "I Cry" and "Funkmobile."

The 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards will be held at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre on Saturday April 2, the night before the 2016 JUNO Awards Broadcast. Additional event information including live streaming details will be released in the coming weeks.

For the full press release, please visit


For further information: on CARAS and the 2016 JUNO Awards, contact: Vanessa Andres, 416-628-5612,
Recipes to take you from Monday to Friday
February 20 2016

“What am I gonna do with all this free time?” said no one, ever.

We are either running out of it or there is never enough of it, but time seems to be winning a race that we are forced to play catch up with. People spend too much time trying to figure out what to make for dinner, or running to the store for last minute ingredients. This is the beauty of meal planning and lucky for you, I’m saving you even more time by planning your week for you. I’ve taken some foodie inspiration and made some recipes to take you from Monday to Friday.

Let’s go on a Weekday Workup:

Meatless Monday - I love a Texas Brisket as much as the next carnivore, but my grandmother always taught me moderation, and I do what my grandmother says. These two recipes are so satisfying and flavourful together that you may have Meatless Monday more often than you planned.

Recipe: Wild Wonders Quinoa Salad & Sweet Twister Brussels Sprouts

Taco Tuesday - Tacos have been enjoying a lot of flavour favour and for good reason; it’s all the food you love wrapped in more delicious food. I like feeding my family from the taco trough because you can clean out the fridge with that half of a cucumber or last bit of tomato and make a whole new meal that everyone will love. If you want to continue with Meatless Monday on a Tuesday you can replace the meat protein in this recipe with cheese or a bean puree.

Recipe: Tacos

Wake Up Wednesday - The middle of the workweek is both frustrating and inspiring because there is still a lot of work to be done…but it’s almost over. This is the perfect opportunity for a little pick me up on the table for humpday. Serve this salmon recipe with a salad to keep it light and invigorating.

Recipe: Confit Campari Salmon

Thirsty Thursday - Hey, the weekend is looming and who doesn’t need a little drink in their life? Just remember my grandmother’s advice on moderation.

Recipe: Cucumber Mojito

Family Friday - I like to make this recipe in a double batch on a Friday so that I can feed my family delicious leftovers on Sunday night as we all gear up for the busy week ahead of us.

Recipe: Stewed Tomato Chicken
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