David Leite (pronounced leet) is the publisher of the website Leite's Culinaria and author of The New Portuguese Table, which won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award and for which he received the 2009 National Leadership Award from the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS). He has written about everything from champagne to Welsh food to high tea to being a super taster for publications including the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Pastry Art & Design, Food Arts, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, and Charlotte Observer, among others. David has been a guest host on the Martha Stewart radio program Cooking Today and was a frequent guest on the network's program Living Today. Recently has has been as a segment interviewer for public radio's food program The Splendid Table as well as having be a guest himself. He's a regular on WTNH-TV, appeared on The Today Show, and was profiled on Radical Sabbatical on Fine Living Network.
David won the 2008 James Beard Award for Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes for his article, In a '64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam and was nominated in 2009 for his article Perfection? Hint: It's Warm and Has a Secret, both from the New York Times. He's also a four-time nominee for the Bert Green Award for Food Journalism, which he won in 2006. In addition, he was a 2007 and 2006 winner of an Association of Food Journalists Award. His essays have been included in the Best Food Writing series in 2001, and from 2002 to 2012. Leite's Culinaria, which David created in 1999, won the 2007 James Beard Award for Web Site Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant, or Nutrition and the 2006 James Beard Award for Best Food Web Site, a 2006 Food Blog Award, the 2005 World Food Media Award for Best Food and/or Drink Web Site, and was named Best Writer's Web Site for 2002 by Writer's Digest.