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Roger Mooking

Meet Roger Mooking, an award-winning musician and host of Cooking Channel's Everyday Exotic.

About the Show

For chefs Aarón Sánchez and Roger Mooking, Heat Seekers is a tongue-testing odyssey to discover the most deliciously spicy food across the country — and to figure out why these dishes are so fun to eat. From Los Angeles and Santa Fe to Miami and New Orleans, the dynamic duo discovers the secrets of spicy dishes of all kinds — from Mexican to Korean to Indian cuisine — and then subject themselves to a test of who can handle the heat. Indulging in spicy ceviche and flaming-hot cocktails, Roger and Aarón put their taste buds to the test, and the results are either tears of laughter or tears of pain — usually both.

About the Host

Aarón Sánchez

Aarón Sánchez is chef-partner of Johnny Sánchez, with locations in Baltimore and New Orleans. He is a judge on Food Network's hit series Chopped and the host of Cooking Channel's Emmy-nominated Taco Trip.

Most Popular Recipes

All Heat Seekers Recipes

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Diablo Pasta with Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Habanero Mad Mac

Atomic Ahi Poke (Spicy Ahi Poke with Chili Water)

Vato Loco (The Hottest Drink on Earth)

The Bloody Joe

Il Diavolo Pizza

EATS! Midwest BLT with 5-Pepper Sauce

Hot as a Mutha Pasta

Fire Breathing Dragon Roll

Cebiche Anconero

Pimento and Habenero Mac and Cheese

Pollo Llora Hoy y Llora Manana (Chicken Cry Today, Cry Tomorrow)

Thai Place Phad Thai Chicken Thai Hot

Oyster Shooter

Dragon Toes

Tomasita's Green Chile

Famous Old Town Carnitas with Naga Serpent Salsa

Wangs 'n' Heat

Q's Seoul Bulgogi and Kimchi

The Heater

Bad Bart's Black Jambalaya

Kakawa's Mayan Chile Chocolate Elixir

Causa Makki

Big Al's Boiled Crawfish

Hellfire Sauce

Araya's Place Tom Yum Soup

Season 1, Episode 3

Chicago

Chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking throw down in the Windy City, facing off to see who can handle the gut-wrenching heat of the Super Painful Pizza. They also visit the legendary hot dog home of "The Atomic Bomb," and meet a chef with 4,000-bottles of hot sauce and Cajun recipes that leave customers in tears!

Saturday
Jul 30
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 8

Los Angeles

Chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking seek out food that's hotter than a Hollywood disaster flick. From an East LA taco joint known for helluva spicy tacos to Diablo Burgers in Hollywood, the climax of their quest is the hottest sushi roll in town covered in 'Shut-up Sauce.' Which leading man has what is takes to take down the Five Star Sushi Roll?

Thursday
Sep 8
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 2

Santa Fe

It's serious Southwestern Sting as chefs Roger Mooking and Aaron Sanchez challenge their palates with smokin' hot Santa Fe red and green chili. Then, it's true 'hot' chocolate made with some of the hottest chili peppers out there. But there can only be one Chili Champion, and the boys' showdown is a pulled-pork sandwich so hot, that even the chili-loving locals can't take it.

Thursday
Oct 6
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 3

Chicago

Chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking throw down in the Windy City, facing off to see who can handle the gut-wrenching heat of the Super Painful Pizza. They also visit the legendary hot dog home of "The Atomic Bomb," and meet a chef with 4,000-bottles of hot sauce and Cajun recipes that leave customers in tears!

Sunday
Jan 22
7pm | 6c
Season 2, Episode 6

Kansas City

For chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking, Heat Seekers is a tongue-testing odyssey to discover the most delicious and dangerous spicy food in the country - and figure out why it's so much fun to eat. In each city, they discover the secrets of everything from Mexican to Korean to Indian cuisine then subject themselves to a test of who can handle the heat. What results are either tears of laughter or tears of pain... Usually, it's both.

Sunday
Feb 19
7pm | 6c
Season 1, Episode 5

Miami

Chefs Roger Mooking and Aaron Sanchez seek food that's hotter-than-the-sun on the balmy beaches of Miami. Authentic Jamaican jerk chicken and fiery Peruvian ceviche bring the heat, but at a hip Mexican eatery, the boys challenge each other to the hottest drink on the planet: the Vato Loco.

Sunday
Mar 25
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 1

New Orleans

Chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking take on tongue-torching food in The Big Easy, with stops for hot sausage Po' boys, kickin' jambalaya and Cajun-style crawfish. The spicy quest ends at a true hotspot in the French Quarter, where the boys battle it out to see who can finish a bowl of legendary Creole gumbo laced with XXXX Voodoo sauce! Got milk?

Saturday
Sep 8
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 2

Las Vegas

With a name like Fire Breathing Dragon - you KNOW there's gonna be heat. Chefs Roger Mooking and Aaron Sanchez face off to see who can handle the hottest sushi roll on the Vegas strip, and somebody's gonna really lose his shirt. Plus, a Mexican chicken dish called "Cry Today, Cry Tomorrow" and Jalapeno drenched Potato Twisters.

Saturday
Nov 10
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Miami

Chefs Roger Mooking and Aaron Sanchez seek food that's hotter-than-the-sun on the balmy beaches of Miami. Authentic Jamaican jerk chicken and fiery Peruvian ceviche bring the heat, but at a hip Mexican eatery, the boys challenge each other to the hottest drink on the planet: the Vato Loco.

Saturday
Jan 19
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 2, Episode 4

Nashville

It's a clash of the Titans in Nashville, TN as chefs Roger Mooking and Aarón Sánchez are joined by Titan's safety Jordan Babineaux for a fiery face-off with Satan's Tongue Hot Chicken. Loser gets an NFL-style cool down. Plus, the Vodka of Doom and comfort food with a fiery twist: Habanero Mac N' Cheese and Diablo Pasta.

Saturday
Apr 20
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 1, Episode 7

Philadelphia

Chefs Aaron Sanchez and Roger Mooking hit Rocky's home turf looking for spicy food that packs a punch. Contenders include a spicy Philly Cheesesteak known at 'The Heater,' and killer Sicilian dishes in the famous Italian Market. The hot-and-spicy-heavyweight hails from Old City, as the boys challenge each other to finish off a rack of infamous Hellfire Ribs.

Saturday
Dec 7
4:30am | 3:30c