Ed Morita - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


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Ed Morita

Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop - Lahaina, Hi

Ed Morita has spent almost two decades working as a pastry chef at some of the country’s premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu.

After a near-career-ending hand injury forced him out of the kitchen, he transitioned into a food writer, photographer and blogger with articles and photos published by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Associated Press, Honolulu Magazine, Edible Hawaiian Islands, and Frolic Hawaii.

Morita returned to the food industry in 2013 when he helped open the new Highway Inn Restaurant in Kaka‘ako where he earned a Hale Aina Awards nomination in the “Best Desserts” category. He is currently the Executive Pastry Chef for Na Hoaloha Ekolu where he oversees production of all the baked goods for Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop, Star Noodle, Old Lahaina Luau, and Aloha Mixed Plate.

Although this is his first time participating as a chef, Morita worked as a blogger and photographer for the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival from 2012-2014.