Soon after chef Naomi Pomeroy opened Beast, her Portland, Oregon, restaurant in 2007, accolades flowed. Bon Appétit named her as one of the country’s top six new female chefs and Food and Wine Magazine recognised her as one of the “10 Best New Chefs in America”. Pomeroy has been a three-time finalist by the James Beard Foundation for “Best Chef – Pacific Northwest”. In 2010, Naomi was awarded top honours for women in business by both Oprah Magazine (“Top Women to Watch in the Next Decade”) and Marie Claire (“Top 16 Women in Business”). She has been appointed to the State Department’s Culinary Diplomacy Partnership Initiative, which explores worldwide diplomacy through culinary engagement.
Q&A Naomi Pomeroy
Describe the Pacific: Verdant valley
What inspires you? The reverence for our amazing produce and meat, and the farmers who provide them
What’s your favourite regional dish? Lamb
What tasty bite should travellers to the Pacific not miss? Hazelnuts