chef / owner After receiving a business degree from the University of Colorado and spending four years in corporate commercial real estate, Island-born Ed Kenney spent a year backpacking the globe, immersed in the culture, swallowed by the aromas and tastes, contemplating life and self. It was on a street corner in Hanoi over a steaming bowl of pho that the revelation occurred and a new path was forged. “Food is the unifying fabric of humanity, connecting us to the earth and each other.”
Building on his life experiences to date Ed spent the next 10 years a sponge, completing the Culinary Institute of the Pacific’s reputable culinary arts program and training in some of Honolulu’s top restaurants. Ed proceeded to open TOWN in 2005, DOWNTOWN in 2007, and UPTOWN Events in 2009. 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.
Ed Kenney sits on the Board of Directors for MA’O Organic Farms, Kokua Hawaii Foundation & Sustain Hawaii. He is also on the Advisory Board for Hogan Entrepreneurs, the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapi’olani Community College, and the Culinary Program at Leeward Community College.
Local first, organic whenever possible, with Aloha always