Chef Shane Bailey began his initial culinary career at quintessential Melbourne restaurant Donovan’s for almost 10 years. He then travelled & worked in the UK and New York before settling in Noosa in 2004.
Shane worked as Executive chef at both Berado’s restaurants and for Noosa Food & Wine Festival for 8 years where he had the opportunity to work closely with some of Australia’s most acclaimed chefs and several of San Pellegrino’s top 100 chefs in the world. judging Delicious Magazine’s Produce Awards.
Since 2013, Shane has been executive chef of acclaimed Noosa Boathouse, a three-level multifaceted waterfront restaurant on the Noosa River. Shane creates an evolving Australian style menu using the abundance of fresh locally harvested seasonal produce as well as the world’s best beef from Queensland.
Shane believes that a good menu should change with the seasons and reflect the place in which it was created. Here his modern Australian menu, with an Asian influence utilises the super-fresh tropical ingredients this region has to offer, including the abundance of fresh seafood, quality beef and locally harvested produce. Shane has created a relationship with local farmers and fisherman, sourcing his produce from over 30 suppliers, giving him the best quality product available and a menu that is enhanced by what they have to offer. Where possible, Shane will always source from Noosa and Qld first, now that he considers himself a local.
Noosa Boathouse is winner of many awards including Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame and has recently been included in an international publishing that celebrates the worlds truly exemplary food experiences that have a care for the environment and the source of where their food comes from.
Since 2014 Shane has enjoyed the role of celebrity chef coordinator for Beef Australia, one of the world’s great beef cattle events held in Rockhampton. Beef Australia hosted 11 celebrity chefs from around the globe to celebrate the diversity and the utilisation of tasty cuts. Australian beef is the best in the world and the chefs had a lot of fun showcasing it at Beef Australia. Shane is thrilled to be back in Rockhampton for his 6th Capricorn Food & Wine Festival in September 2018.