Shane Delia will kick off SBS’ mouth-watering year of food this January with a brand new series that takes the Melbourne Chef outside the kitchen and into his community, carrying out a mission to improve the health of his kids, his community and his customers, one meal at a time.
“Strength through Hospitality is an ethos that has guided my own life since I found my purpose in the kitchen 22 years ago. It’s a philosophy I’m hugely passionate about and I’m really excited to share it to inspire members of the diverse community I grew up in, and in turn with the rest of Australia, through this vibrant new series, Recipe for Life” – Shane Delia
This eight-part series is a chance for audiences to get a very different insight into Shane’s life, business and family as he lives and breathes his life motto – Strength through Hospitality. After three hugely successful series of Spice Journey, Recipe for Life has the same curious energy and charismatic host Australians love with honest local stories and new recipes.
There’s nothing more important to Shane than family – he still shares Monday night dinners with his extended family each week – and with his children Jayda and Jude in their early years of schooling Shane is embarking on a brand new venture to educate kids on the importance of eating well. Feed the Mind will see Shane faced with the formidable challenge of bringing healthy, tasty, affordable food into the tuckshop, so he’s enlisted the kitchen garden guru herself, Stephanie Alexander, to lend a helping hand!
All the while Shane is running hatted 10-year-old institution Maha and his new Collingwood kebab store Biggie Smalls, and opening the first Biggie Smalls on wheels! He’s identified the growing trend in food trucks all over the world, and as an entrepreneur he can’t let this exciting movement pass him by. But creating a mobile kitchen, service area, and shopfront isn’t as straightforward as he’d hoped and there are looming deadlines to meet.
Driven by more than just a desire to build a business that brings contemporary Middle Eastern tastes and culture to mainstream Australia and as well as overseeing his growing business empire, the celebrity chef is actively involved in a number of community programs in the western suburbs of Melbourne, including the Sons of the West program run by Shane’s beloved Western Bulldogs and the fantastic City in the Community initiative run by Melbourne City FC for new migrants to the area.
With so many balls in the air, the hardest part will be not to drop any… luckily Shane’s irascible sense of humour, impeccable hospitality skills, and raw talent as a chef should see him through.
Shane Delia’s Recipe for Life airs 8pm Thursdays on SBS starting January 11.