Faust has win­ning recipe at win­ery

Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION -

SWAN Val­ley chef Herb Faust first came to at­ten­tion while com­pet­ing on the TV show Iron Chef Aus­tralia more than six years ago, but now he is known for his food at Houghton Wines restau­rant.

Faust took on the restau­rant more than a year ago, tak­ing it from hum­ble plat­ters and share plates to a hearty a la carte menu, draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from flavours around the world.

Com­ing from a Thai Bud­dhist back­ground, he said the idea of food be­ing shared with peo­ple you love was in­grained in him at a young age.

Be­ing half Ger­man and half Thai had also given him in­spi­ra­tion when it came to his cook­ing.

“I was pre­vi­ously just run­ning my cater­ing com­pany Herb Faust, so this is my first time run­ning a venue,” he said.

“It’s been a very ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and we were re­ally lucky to ten­der here in the beau­ti­ful Houghton Wines and in the Swan Val­ley.”

Faust was one of six con­tes­tants cho­sen to com­pete against some of the world’s best chef’s on Iron Chef Aus­tralia and the only one to beat his op­po­si­tion chef, the renowned Guy Grossi.

He said although that was his claim to fame, he had been work­ing hard on his craft and busi­ness since the show ended.

“I draw on global in­flu­ences with the menu, es­pe­cially my her­itage,” he said.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d473951

Houghton Wines’ Herb Faust.

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