Chef Naomi Freeman
Born and raised in Amelia Island, Florida, Chef Naomi Freeman is an accomplished Executive Chef with over 25 years of experience in the culinary and hospitality industry. Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of kitchens, from small family-owned restaurants to large-scale fine dining.
Naomi’s passion for cooking began at a very young age as she carefully watched her mother prepare traditional meals. She went on to attend culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy, where she graduated summa cum laude with two degrees.
As Executive Chef at The Pinery, Naomi has overseen menu development, restaurant operations, and special event catering. She is known for her innovative approach to classic dishes, incorporating unique ingredients and flavors. Under her stewardship, The Pinery was Michelin Star acknowledged for her creative menu.
In addition to her culinary expertise, Naomi is committed to sustainability. She prides herself on sourcing, using, and cross-utilizing local ingredients to minimize waste, while fostering and maintaining a positive work environment. Family Meal is her favorite part of the day because the entire staff comes together as what they really are- a family- and to Naomi, every single member of her staff is essential in creating an exceptional dining experience.
Outside of the kitchen, Naomi enjoys gardening and spending time with loved ones. She is excited to continue to bring her passion for food and her culinary creativity to The Pinery. Naomi uses her platform to make a positive impact on the Orlando community and always has the words of her favorite proverb close to heart: “Feeding the soul with beauty, kindness, and compassion is just as important as nourishing the body with food.”