Shane Osborn: an Aussie chef and the tour de force behind Arcane
Shane Osborn is a household name in the international culinary world. In addition to his recent public appearance teaming up with another eminent Aussie chef, Mark Best, to compete in Netflix’s cooking competition series, The Final Table, he is also the chef-patron of Arcane – a one-Michelin star European restaurant in Hong Kong.
Before winding up in Hong Kong in 2014, the Perth-born chef pitched up in London for more than a decade heading up Pied à Terre and L'Autre Pied, which were awarded two and one Michelin stars respectively.
Shane spoke to Advance and shared with us about his life in Hong Kong, and behind the scenes of Arcane.
Interview by Tammy Lee, Marketing & Communications Officer, Advance
What made you move to Hong Kong?
My wife and I wanted a new challenge and Hong Kong seemed like a good choice particularly for my career.
What were some of the challenges you faced when you opened Arcane?
Sourcing great produce was and is still an issue. All of our ingredients are flown in from Japan, Europe and Australia. Unfortunately we find that only the Japanese produce is consistently excellent.
What's your typical work day look like?
I arrive at Arcane between 8.30-9am ,cook lunch service, then try to go the gym for an hour before returning to the restaurant for dinner service. I usually arrive home at around 11pm-12am.
It's common that chefs and kitchen staff work long hours. How do you stay energized and encourage your staff to stay healthy?
I try to eat a well-balanced diet, not drink alcohol Monday to Friday and exercise as much as possible.
What's your favourite and least favourite Hong Kong local food?
I love dim sum but hate chicken feet.
What do you miss most about Australia?
The clean air!