Why is TV chef Shane Delia so happy?

Shane Delia really knows what he likes doing, and television is just a means to an end.

Shane Delia has a whirlwind career. Since 2015, he has expanded the Delia Group into five Melbourne restaurants on the classy end of Middle Eastern food, while fronting a string of cooking shows on TV. 

He came to prominence pretty early, as the youngest Executive Chef of a five-star property in Australia, through his work at Yarra Glen’s Chateau Yering. Moving around the room, connecting with customers, he would soon have been noticed by journalists and television executives bending their expense accounts. He filled in on breakfast TV, moved to Ten later in the day and demonstrated his ability to look into a camera while his hands flicked food precisely around hot, sharp objects.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.