Roger Mooking is the host and co-creator of Everyday Exotic, on Food Network Canada and The Cooking Channel in the United States. As a third-generation restaurateur and chef, he began his formal training through the George Brown Culinary Management Program, where he earned Top Student Honours and is now the chair of the Professional Advisory Committee. Roger is also a successful musician. His debut solo album is called Soul Food.
Allan Magee is the executive producer and co-creator of Everyday Exotic. As a television producer he has created and produced hundreds of episodes of innovative lifestyle television, including Partydish and Fixing Dinner, and consulted on Cook Like a Chef and The Great Canadian Food Show. He is the recipient of numerous creative awards, including the Writers Guild of Canada Mentorship Award and the Banff World Television Festival's Producer of the Year.
The notion behind the Exotic (Obedient) Ingredient is that the ingredient that was once out of reach becomes obedient once you learn how to master it. The ingredient intimidation melts away as you discover how to shop for it, what it looks like, where to find it, and finally how to cook it several ways. In a mere 30 minutes, something that was once beyond your approach is now readily embraced and subordinate. The Obedient Ingredient was born, not to mention that the two words rhyme and I'm a rapper. Sometimes it's just that simple.