Shaun Hergatt's latest Manhattan restaurant, Juni, has been awarded a Michelin star for a menu that echoes his childhood in Queensland and the bounty of the natural resources he grew up with.
He told me he was really excited to be taking part in Nigel Haworth's Obsession festival, joining leading chefs from all over the world. "Its my first visit to the North of England, so I'm really keen to see the beautiful surroundings and taste some of its wonderful sounding produce. I really enjoy taking my food to a different audience, too."
He's bringing some of his top team with him from the States: Juni's Head of Pastry, Mina, and his sous-chef Frances: "The ideas might be all mine, but without incredibly attentive and talented people working with me, how ripe can the experience be?"
The dinner he's dreamed up sounds exactly that: a dream. "I will be cooking some of my favourite dishes from Juni - a 'caterpillar' dish using pear panna cotta, petals, pear purée and huckleberry and pecan crumble, followed by a butternut velouté served with a selection of 'winter powders', a lobster and blood orange dish and then a beautifully dressed squab. Mina will finish off the evening with a chocolate, oats and lovage dessert."