Candice Kumai former host of Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin and TLC’s Homemade Simple, traveled across Asia, NYC and LA as a fashion model by the age of 15. At 22 she received her professional culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts & cooked in several California-based restaurants. Candice was the youngest chef to compete on Bravo’s inaugural season of Top Chef at age, 23. As a major trendsetter and influencer, by the age of 30, Candice wrote and developed recipes for more than half a dozen cookbooks, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Cook Yourself Thin, The Skinny Bitch Cookbook, Recipe Rehab, Novak Djokovic’s Serve to Win and Shape Magazine’s, Bikini Body Diet. Her cookbooks include Pretty Delicious and Cook Yourself Sexy. Candice is featured in and contributes to dozens of food, health beauty, fashion and lifestyle publications.
In 2012 she began hosting workshops in New York City at the James Beard Foundation. Additionally, Candice has been an ambassador to the White House AAPI Alliance & The Resolution Project at Harvard Club, NYC. Candice is a regular speaker at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University Medical Center, University of San Diego, The NBA and as a panelist for Harlem’s Farm to Table initiatives. Candice lends her cooking and nutrition efforts to 1,000 Days (founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), Whole Foods, The Chef’s Garden & Health Corps. She is a fellowship member of The UN Foundation
Candice has appeared on E! News, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Extra, Access Hollywood, Cooking Channel, Food Network, The Kris Jenner Show, Top Chef, Iron Chef, The Marie Osmond Show, The Nate Berkus Show and Better TV.
She is currently a regular judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, a contributing editor at Shape Magazine and a monthly columnist at Men’s Fitness Magazine. Candice’s two new books are out for release spring/summer 2014.
She lends her extra hours to many of her heartfelt charitable causes.