Herb Faust: The Man Behind The Food
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.
The win was an absolute highlight in Herb’s career, reigniting his passion for producing innovative food, and awakening a desire to share his creations with a wider audience. And so, in 2011, he and his wife Deanna launched their own catering business, Herb Faust Food. The extensive range of dining experiences on offer allow Herb to unleash his creativity to produce unique and stylish food for all kinds of catered occasions and events across Western Australia.
When he’s not in the kitchen, Herb loves spending time with his wife and two children, or catching up with mates for a skate or surf.
Deanna Faust: The Woman Behind The Man
Deanna is the woman behind the man at Herb Faust Food. She was introduced to Herb by a mutual friend in 2003 and the rest, as they say, is history. Together they have two children, Jackson and Jasmin, who they consider their lives’ greatest achievements.
Deanna’s passion, growing up, was for dance and in 1997 she commenced a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at WAAPA. When a back injury forced her to defer her studies, she moved to Melbourne where she continued to dance part-time, while pursuing a new career in office administration. For over 20 years, she has gathered and honed skills in accounts and record-keeping, customer service, design, copywriting, marketing, communication, arts administration, and business management. These skills have proven extremely useful in working alongside husband Herb to create and co-own Herb Faust Food.
Of being business partners, and husband and wife, Deanna reflects, “Herb and I have weathered many a storm together but thankfully it has only brought us closer. We’ve taken risks, worked harder than we imagined possible, and occasionally wondered if all the effort was worthwhile. At the end of the day though, we’re both passionate and driven about what we do. Herb is in his element and his talent for creating amazing food, alongside his unbelievably tireless work ethic, is nothing short of exceptional.”
Deanna thrives on developing new, or improving old, processes to provide the best possible experience for their customers. For both Herb and Deanna, positive feedback from clients motivates them to continue to take catered food to the next level.
Outside of the business, Deanna loves spending time with family and friends, continues to study and perform Flamenco, and thoroughly enjoys a glass or two of bubbles.