Media Release


Mar 08, 2016

– Saturday, April 2 at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre –

Toronto, ON (March 8, 2016) – 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.”

Mooking’s prolific television career includes the internationally broadcast television series Everyday Exotic, Heat Seekers and Man Fire Food, and he has taken a seat at the judges table on the hit television show Chopped Canada.
Today you’re as likely to find Mooking at his restaurant “Twist by Roger Mooking”, travelling the globe searching for new inspirations, or making beats in the studio for his next album. For Mooking, “Food feeds the body and music feeds the soul.”
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 more information, please visit

The 45th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Calgary March 28 – April 3, 2016, culminating with CTV’s live broadcast of the 2016 JUNO Awards on Sunday, April 3 at 7pm ET on CTV and CTV GO from The Scotiabank Saddledome.


Premier Partners of the 2016 JUNO Awards: We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Province of Alberta, the City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary, the National Music Centre, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.



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Official JUNO Awards website:

Official JUNO TV website:

The JUNO Awards Twitter handle: @TheJUNOAwards

Roger Mooking Twitter handle: @RogerMooking




The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. For more information on the 45th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit



For more information on CARAS and the 2016 JUNO Awards, contact:

Vanessa Andres



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