At 17, the ever-ambitious Hergatt, who has always felt that cooking was “in his blood,” pursued a four-year apprenticeship at Crystal Twig, a fine dining restaurant in Cairns where he was trained in classic French cooking. He then moved to Sydney to experience that city’s dining culture and was intrigued by the wealth of international ingredients, including exotic seafood, zesty citruses and fragrant spices. In 1997, at the age of 23, he became chef de cuisine of The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Sydney, where he quickly earned international accolades including an AHA “Best Young Chef” award in 2000, while the restaurant was named “Top 5 Up and Coming Restaurants in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler and received a Gold Medal from the prestigious International Salon Culinaire.
In 2000, Chef Hergatt moved to the United States and joined Atelier at The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park in New York City as chef de cuisine. The restaurant received a James Beard nomination for “Best New Restaurant” and The New York Times awarded it three stars. Five years later, he moved south to become the executive chef at The Setai in Miami, which garnered a three-star review from The Miami Herald, and a “Best New Restaurant” award from Esquire. The restaurant also placed second in the world on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” in 2008 and 2009.
In 2009, Chef Hergatt returned to New York to open his eponymous restaurant, SHO Shaun Hergatt in the Financial District. Channeling his passion for hospitality and his prestigious background, Chef Hergatt’s talent brought unparalleled acclaim to the neighborhood’s culinary landscape and he was recognized as “Best New Chef” by New York magazine. The restaurant received 2 Michelin stars, a 29 out of 30 Zagat rating across the board and “Best New Restaurant” accolades from Esquire and New York magazine.