Australian chef Shaun Hergatt is a Manhattan based, classically trained creative modernist. Renowned for his technically precise cooking and painterly presentations, Hergatt is inspired by childhood memories, nature, art and his daily adventures.
His culinary career began at an early age of 17, when he began a four-year apprenticeship in classical French cuisine at Crystal Twig, a fine dining restaurant in Cairns. In 1997, Hergatt moved to Sydney and became chef de cuisine of The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Sydney where he received critical acclaim for his dishes and was awarded “Best Young Chef.” Continuing with The Ritz-Carlton, Hergatt moved to their location in New York City’s Central Park as chef de cuisine, the restaurant was awarded three stars by the New York Times and received a James Beard nomination for “Best New Restaurant.” Hergatt took his culinary skills to Miami and became executive chef at The Setai, a three-star restaurant awarded “Best New Restaurant” from Esquire and in 2008 and 2009, the restaurant placed second in the world on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Gold List.”
In 2009, Hergatt moved back to New York to open his own restaurant, SHO Shaun Hergatt, located in the bustling Financial District. The restaurant received two Michelin stars and a 29 out of 30 Zagat rating and was awarded “Best New Restaurant” by both Esquire and New York Magazine. Hergatt received acclaim for his geographically inspired dishes and was also recognized as “Best New Chef” by New York Magazine. Hergatt opened Juni in 2013, a celebrated fine dining concept that also received a Michelin star.
In 2016, Hergatt opened one of New York City’s first private restaurants at 432 Park Avenue, a residential skyscraper at 57th Street and Park Avenue where he is in charge of the culinary program and FNB for building’s residents and guests.
In October of 2020, Hergatt, executive chef and owner, opened Vestry in SoHo. An American restaurant in one of Manhattan’s most style-forward neighborhoods, featuring seasonally driven dishes, Vestry was greeted with high praise and has been awarded a Michelin star in 2021 and 2022.
In December of 2021, Hergatt opened his first southwestern venture in Las Vegas, Nevada. Caviar Bar, owned and operated by Hergatt, resides inside Resorts World Las Vegas and serves up New American seafood with a focus on world-class caviar. The menu offers fresh seafood and shareable bites alongside delectable entrees and rich desserts.
In 2022, Hergatt opened his first Wood-fired Grill Restaurant, REN. The seasonally driven menu, showcasing the finest and freshest ingredients, features simple yet unique dishes each inspired by Chef Shaun’s travels.
Awards & Press
- Michelin 1 Star