Portland chef Naomi Pomeroy wins James Beard's NW honors

Portland chef Naomi Pomeroy wins James Beard's NW honors
Chefs Naomi Pomeroy and Jehangir Mehta pour butternut squash veloute at a gluten-free lunch at Beast. Pomeroy won top Northwest chef honors from the James Beard group this week. (Elizabeth Hayes | Portland Business Journal)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- One of the city’s best-known chefs has won the region’s top food award.

Naomi Pomeroy of Beast landed the James Beard Awards “best chef” honors for the Northwest category. Pomeroy was a semi-finalist for the Beard award last year.

She's been featured on Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" program.

Andy Ricker of Pok Pok and several other Portland restaurants received a Beard Award for penning an article on Thai curries.

Given the chance to tout some of her favorite restaurants during an interview last fall, Pomeroy demurred.

“Honestly, I have a few favorite places, but I don’t want to divulge them,” she said. “Both of them are very small, and both of the owners aren’t really looking to get any busier (strange I know, but if that isn’t PDX, I don’t know what is). There are so many great places here, though. I am constantly amazed when I travel (NYC, L.A, Paris etc.) how good we really do have it here.”

Cathy Whims of Nostrana was also one of eight remaining nominees among eight Portland semifinalists for the Best Chef Northwest award. Clyde Common was a finalist in the "outstanding bar program" division.

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