When Mika Paredes moved to Portland, Oregon, 10 years ago, Beast chef-owner Naomi Pomeroy was one of the first people she met; the two worked together at Pomeroy’s former restaurant, Clarklewis. They’ve worked together since; when Pomeroy opened Beast, Paredes joined her. “It’s kind of like a common-law marriage,” jokes Paredes.
Paredes is chef de cuisine at Beast, where she oversees the all-female kitchen staff and the pastry program. Given her admitted sweet tooth (and weakness for gummy candy) it’s a job for which she’s well-suited. She shared her recipe for brown–butter apple tart with the latest edition of the Sous Chef Series.
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