Herb Faust has been a chef for over 20 years. He traces his appreciation and passion for food back to childhood memories of regular visits to the Buddhist temple, where those who offered food to the monks would share the remainder amongst them. The amazing array of authentic Thai food on offer sparked a keen interest in this style of cuisine, which Herb describes as providing a delicate balance of flavours but also requiring strong technique to execute. It’s an approach that has always inspired him in his cooking.
In 2010, Herb was presented with the once in a lifetime chance to appear in the Australian version of the cult television cooking show, Iron Chef. He went on to be the only contestant in the series to defeat an Iron Chef, which was an absolute highlight in his career, reigniting his passion for producing innovative food and awakening a desire to share his creations with a wider audience through his catering business, Herb Faust Food, and at the Swan Valley’s beautiful Houghton Winery.