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Ed Kenney

TOWN - Honolulu, HI


After receiving a BS in Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado, island-born and raised, Ed Kenney spent a year backpacking the globe. He quickly immersed himself in the different cultures he encountered when a revelation occurred to start anew in the culinary industry.

Building on his life experiences Ed spent the next decade as a sponge, completing in the Culinary Institute of the Pacific’s reputable culinary arts program and training in some of Honolulu’s top restaurants. Thereafter, Ed opened TOWN in 2005 followed by Downtown @ the HiSAM, UPtown Events, Kaimuki Superette, Food Shed Community Kitchen, Mud Hen Water, and most recently Mahina & Sun’s. His restaurants are lively gathering places guided by the mantra, “local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always” and have received accolades in local and national press. Three-time James Beard Award semifinalist, Ed was recently inducted into the 2015 Hawaii Restaurant Hall of Fame.

In addition to being a successful chef and restaurant group owner, Ed is the host of the national PBS food and travel series, Family Ingredients and is proud to serve on the, invitation only, Monterey Bay Aquarium Blue Ribbon Task Force for sustainable seafood.  Ed is also the founder of the non-profit project, Hawaii Chefs Action Network (HiCAN), and sits on the Board of Directors for MA O Organic Farms and Kokua Hawaii Foundation.  After opening countless local restaurants and cooking for some of Honolulu’s top restaurant, Ed’s crowning achievement however is his family, Kristen, his wife and two children, Celia and Duke.

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