Naomi Kooker grew up in a Hostess Twinkie household, which she converted to a carrot cake family by the age of 12.
Since interviewing restaurant tycoon Richard Melman (Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises) and uncovering the nuances of Hawaiian Vintage Chocolate for Art Culinaire in 1994, Naomi has traveled far and wide to find stories and write about food and wine for various publications.
Naomi reviews restaurants for The Boston Globe, North section. She is the former Boston and Cape Cod & The Islands editor for the Zagat restaurant guides and Zagat.com. As a former
staff reporter for the Boston Business Journal, she covered the business side of wining and dining along with travel, tourism and philanthropy.
She’s written and reported stories for television, radio and the Web.
Naomi is a lecturer of journalism and writing at Regis College in Weston, Mass., and has taught food and travel writing at Mediabistro, GrubStreet and in Boston University's gastronomy program.
Boston Restaurant Zagat Guide 2008/2009, which Naomi helped edit, is a Top Ten Local Bestseller. -Boston Sunday Globe
Naomi's training as a sous chef in Manhattan laid the groundwork for her focus on food journalism.