Founder of Herb Faust Food
What is your cultural background?
I have a fairly diverse cultural background with a German dad and Thai mother. I spent a lot of time at the Buddhist temples in Perth and Serpentine when I was growing up and always loved sharing the food that remained after everyone had offered their dishes to the monks. There was always a great array of Thai food on offer and I feel that this has definitely influenced my style of cooking over the years.
What role does food play in bringing people and cultures together?
Food is a universal need and reminds us that we’re all one and the same. The sharing of a meal can bring people from different cultures together by encouraging conversation, interaction and understanding.
Why is it important to learn about and understand the different cultures of the people you work with?
Australia is a multi-cultural nation. Understanding and accepting the different cultures within a work place can only lead to a better sense of community, belonging and a positive work environment.
Why should Australians get involved with A Taste of Harmony?
A Taste of Harmony is a fantastic and fun way to celebrate Australia’s diversity through the simple act of sharing a meal.