Jimmy Shu

Successful restaurateur

NTNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Jimmy Shu is a renowned and respected Darwin businessman and restaurateur. After moving to Australia, Jimmy started his own Melbourne restaurant – which won the best vegetarian cuisine award for around 15 years. Driven by passion for bringing people together over a meal, he is now the owner of 13 restaurants, including 11 in Australia and two in Malaysia.

In the 30 years since opening two successful Hanuman restaurants in the Top End – in Alice Springs and Darwin – Jimmy has forged a special place in the local community. During the pandemic he became a TV sensation as the star of the culinary show ‘Jimmy Shu's Taste of the Territory’, an eight-part series that aired on SBS and promoted the unique qualities of the NT.

Despite suffering numerous break-ins to his restaurants, Jimmy is determined to be part of the solution – calling for a round-table discussion between government and small business owners while fostering positive conversations with offenders.