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ICA: Symon vs. Mooking

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Okay, ICA fans, this is going to be a good one.  I’ve been waiting to see this match-up ever since I saw it on the docket about two months ago.  Challenging Chef Roger Mooking is more than just a celebrated chef on the Toronto restaurant scene – he’s an R&B sensation in his native Canada. Will he rock Iron Chef Symon’s world, or will he walk away from Kitchen Stadium singing the blues?

Roger MookingRoger Mooking has had a very successful cooking show on Food Network: Canada for several years and when Scripps kicked off it’s new Cooking Channel last year they added it to the line-up.  It didn’t take long for American audiences to take a shine to Everyday Exotic.  As I opined in my review last summer I think EE is the best stand-and-stir show on TV right now.

Here is how the Cooking Channel web site describes it, “Chef and musician Roger Mooking gets bored easily. Bored of the same old everyday meals we all end up making time and time again. His mission? To give everyday weekday meals a fantastic exotic twist with one new ingredient.”  Mooking calls the key element his “obedient ingredient.”

The challenger’s appearance on ICA is part of the cross-promotions between Cooking Channel and Food Network to highlight new shows like the one where Mooking teams up with long time FN star Aaron Sanchez for the new food/travel show Heat Seekers.  Roger is an award winning R&B artist so don’t be surprised if he breaks out into song during the contest.

This should be a very enjoyable episode between two talented chefs in both of whom I have the utmost respect.  Roger’s Caribbean with just a touch of Asian cuisine should stand in stark contrast to the Midwestern wizardry of Cleveland’s favorite chef, Michael Symon.  Judges for Battle: Hot Dog were Craig Carton, Boomer Esiason, Donatella Arpaia and Andrew Zimmern.

Be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Roger Mooking HERE and with Iron Chef Michael Symon HERE.

Check below for the outcome.

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Symon                         Mooking
Taste: 38                     Taste: 31
Plating: 17                   Plating:  16
Originality: 19             Originality: 14
Total: 74                      Total: 61

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up


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