Shane Delia

Chef & TV host

Shane Delia is one hell of a chef. The award-winning chef and restaurateur is best known for his original culinary style of cooking that has fascinated diners at his Melbourne restaurant for years. But there’s much more to admire about this ambitious Maltese-Australian than the delectable food he creates in his restaurant. As the star of a new TV series, Shane Delia’s Spice Journey, the author of a popular cookbook, Maha, a charity ambassador and a keen sports fan, this hard-working entrepreneur has plenty more on his plate. With his eyes firmly focused on business opportunities nationally and internationally, Shane Delia has big things on the horizon.

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Check in weekly for Shane's travel diaries, in which he shares behind-the-scenes antics, and what didn't quite make it into the show.
Ep 1 – Istanbul's hidden secrets I met some amazing people who, like Ataturk, unveiled Istanbul for me and let me see her real beauty. From the Ottoman past to the ultra sheik modern Turkish cuisine, Istanbul had me captivated. I wish I h...
So I've come across a few reviews of late, taking a stab at me for having the life! Haters, please don't get me started.
This opportunity to travel through the Middle East and experience things most people would only dream about isn't something I take for granted. I am truly humbled that people have been supportive and are enjoying and embracing this experie...
Checking into a hotel in Iran is like taking a voyage back in time. The only thing is that it’s aged really badly and smells like a library.
Let me set the scene. Lime green toilet, basin and shower, with an analogue orange phone that looks like something you'd find in a hipster bar in Brunswick. There's also a yellow-stained roof from all the cigarettes and stained shag pile r...
It’s the unexpected things in life that make me smile the most. Like these next two amazing characters. Pashmak, or Persian fairy floss, is one of my favourite products and I’ve always wondered how the hell they make it. So when we travelled to...
Little did I know I was in for more than I bargained for! Why is it everywhere we go people feel the need to test their strength with me? When we were in Lebanon, I had a security guard arm wrestle me on the bonnet of a stranger’s car, whi...
Bombs, guns, terror, nuclear war, fear, tyrants... These are the images and feelings the Western world want you to have of Iran. And, sadly, these are some of the images that had been imbedded in my mind for years. But, boy, was I wrong.
Instead, I met some of the most beautiful people I have ever met in my life. Endless generosity and humility. Such an amazing country, rich in history, culture, art, poetry and food. I could have lost myself in Iran. I felt a change when l...