Rising Star Chef Naomi Pomeroy of Beast - Biography

Portland, OR

October 2018

Naomi Pomeroy’s mother spent time in France, and passed on her love of simple meals prepared with care to her daughter. Raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Pomeroy spent her youth hanging around the stove with her Southern grandmother. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 1997 with a degree in history and first began cooking at catering companies and privately catered weddings in Oregon. In 1999, she teamed up with business partner Michael Hebb to open Ripe Catering. An off shoot of the company, a supper club aptly called Family Supper, came soon after. The two would eventually open Gotham Coffee Shop, Clarklewis Restaurant, and Gotham Tavern.

In 2007, Gotham Coffee Shop and Gotham Tavern closed, and Pomeroy sold Clarklewis. When she thought about committing to her first solo brick-and-mortar venture, Pomeroy decided to return to her supper club roots, opening Beast later that year. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Beast, Pomeroy held a series of collaboration dinners with other influential chefs, including Danny Bowien and Angela Dimayuga, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, and Nancy Silverton. In 2013, Pomeroy and her business partner and husband Kyle Webster opened cocktail bar and restaurant Expatriate. Branching out, the couple opened Colibri, a flower shop, in summer 2017.

Pomeroy published her first book Taste and Technique in 2016. She is a Food & Wine “Best New Chef” alum, and the James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, Northwest.” In 2011, she was named a StarChefs Rising Star.