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Pop star turned chef loves cooking with pork

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Roger Mooking, executive chef and co-owner of Kultura. He trained at George Brown Culinary Management Program, graduated with top honours. In the ’90s, he was percussionist and rapper for award-winning group, Bass Is Base.





Q: What is your fondest memory from your family kitchen?



A: Spending the entire day making 400 pastels (a mixture of beef, pork, capers, onions & raisins stuffed into a cornmeal paste) with my family in an assembly line, in our small kitchen. Newspaper covered the kitchen table and my mother barked very specific directions.





Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?



A: Ham being baked in the oven. My dad would stay up all night tending to his ham in the oven on Christmas Eve, so that Christmas morning smelled of ham.





Q: Who is your favourite cook?



A: My grandmother. Isn’t everyone’s favourite cook their grandmother?





Q: What is your favourite food to cook?



A: Pork, pork, pork.





Q: Do you use cookbooks?



A: Next to never, but I read food reference books every spare moment I have.





Q: How did the first meal you prepared turn out?



A: I don’t remember, but I do remember always being in the kitchen and always preparing meals.





Q: What kitchen gadget can’t you live without?



A: My hands, the best kitchen tool ever created.



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