Caelan O’Rourke – Chef – Hong Kong

Caelan O’Rourke – Chef – Hong Kong

  • Occupation: Chef
  • Country of work: Hong Kong
  • Scholarship provided by: State Government of Victoria

Caelan is employed as a chef starting his apprenticeship under Chef Warren Flanagan at Gemelli Café and Grill in point Cook and later under Ben D’Arcy at Shadowfax Winery in Werribee. He is a quietly ambitious team player who is also a passionate and hard-working young chef. He loves creating a menu from items that you can find in your back yard. The idea of creating flavoursome food that people will enjoy is just beautiful to him. He says ‘When you are so passionate about your job it becomes a lifestyle”.

Throughout his secondary schooling Caelan demonstrated leadership capabilities- he was House Captain in Year 11 and Senior School Vice-Captain in Year 12. In 2012 he won the Rotary Award for Leadership and in 2015 he achieved a number of awards including third place in Worldskills regional chef skills competition.

He has completed Certificate III in Business Studies and will soon complete his Certificate lll in Commercial Cooking at William Angliss institute, the premier provider of food, tourism and hospitality training in Victoria. His interests and hobbies away from his passionate role as a chef include surfing and skate boarding as well as researching ideas and new menu options.

Caelan has a strong interest in Asian cuisine and is planning on working in Hong Kong where there are more Michelin starred restaurants per capita than any other country or region in the world.