Ed was born in Lakeland, Florida, to the late Governor Lawton Chiles and Rhea Chiles. A passion for all things Floridian was instilled in him at an early age. An avid outdoorsman, his favorite childhood memories are roaming the Florida woods hunting with his father. The family always had a passion for cooking, especially when it came to the local game, seafood, and southern favorites. He also carried on another proud Chiles family tradition by graduating from The University of Florida.
Ed owns and operates three restaurants under The Chiles Group umbrella on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Florida. The historic flagship, The Sandbar, opened in 1979, followed by the Mar Vista in 1990 and The Beach House in 1993. He has become a staple in the sustainable tourism industry, with each restaurant menu featuring locally sourced Florida fare from a network of specialty producers that share in his vision. In 2021, Ed acquired Gamble Farm Organics, located in nearby Parrish, FL. A leader in permaculture farming, Gamble Farm Organics grows and provides unique strains of produce to the restaurants, as well as the local community through its Farm Market.
A recognized leader in promoting sustainability, Ed Chiles has been a driving force for best practices in his local community, Gulf region and the state of Florida. He works closely with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on sustainability initiatives, as his hospitality group has been designated as part of the first Global Observatory for Sustainable Tourism. Ed lends his expertise and resources through his involvement in several community and regional organizations. He serves on the Gulf Seafood Foundation board to promote tourism and the historic culture of the coast. He is a founding member of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START), board member of Gulf Shellfish Institute, Solutions from The Land, Sarasota Bay Watch, and Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition. Ed is also a founding member of the All Clams on Deck initiative, which promotes the use of biological mitigation strategies for seagrass and bivalve restoration which enhances and energizes local estuaries.
An avid fly-fisher and hunter, Ed resides with his wife Tina in Anna Maria. His two daughters, Ashley and Christin, and new grandson, Chiles, continue to fuel his emphatic support of immediate and decisive action to ensure future generations can enjoy our environment and natural resources.