Naomi and her sous chef Mika Paredes first welcomed customers to Beast on September 27, 2007.
Accolades and awards have followed: features in Gourmet and Elle Magazine; Bon Appètit named Naomi as one of the top 6 of a new generation of female chefs in September 2008; Food and Wine Magazine has recognized her as one of the 10 Best New Chefs in America for 2009.
Locally, Naomi was voted Chef of the Year for 2008 by Portland Monthly, Beast was honored as Restaurant of the Year for 2008 by the Oregonian, and chosen as best Brunch by the Willamette Weekly.
In 2009, Naomi bought out her partners to become the sole owner of Beast. In March of 2010, She was selected as a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Awards- in the category –Best Chef Pacific Northwest.
In October of 2010 Marie Claire Magazine named Naomi one of the 18 most powerful women in business. In Spring of 2011 she appeared as a contestant on the 3rd season of Bravo’s series Top Chef Masters.
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