Japanese and Polish
Candice Kumai is an internationally-renowned wellness writer, chef & content creator, described by ELLE magazine as “The Golden Girl of the Wellness World.”
Candice sits on The Well+Good Council and was recently named one of Arianna Huffington’s “Top 20 New Role Models in 2017.”
Born and raised in California to a Japanese mother and a Polish-American father, in Carlsbad CA, Candice grew up in a mixed culture home – celebrating Japanese traditions & cuisine from a young age, and honing a cosmopolitan perspective that continues to inspire her work today.
Candice is a classically trained chef, former line cook, former tv host, former-model-turned wellness journalist, & five-time, best-selling author of Clean Green Eats, Clean Green Drinks, Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy, and Cook Yourself Thin.
Candice contributes to numerous, national wellness & lifestyle publications including ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appétit, Shape, Yoga Journal, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, Well+Good, Pop Sugar, Girlboss and Byrdie. A Top Chef alumna, Candice has appeared as a regular judge on Iron Chef America & Beat Bobby Flay.
Candice’s dedication to philanthropy + volunteer efforts includes partnerships with City Harvest, The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), Thousand Days, The Japan Society, Wellness in The Schools (WITS), Health Corps, The US Japan Council, The Chef’s Garden, and The James Beard Foundation. She serves as a mentor for high school/college students through Health Corps & The Resolution Project.
Candice has shared her message with global brands/institutions including Adidas, Nike, Chanel, Shiseido, Whole Foods, Samsung, Reebok, the NBA, The New York Times, Equinox, SoHo House, Lululemon, Yale University, University of San Diego, ABC Home Deepak Chopra Center, Thrive Global, & The Natural Gourmet Institute.
Candice is a lover of vegan cake baking, matcha making & is a total sneakerhead. Candice loves her avocados, her cat Sisi, & a good-ass barre class. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and has been represented by WME IMG for 8+ years.
“Candice brings together this powerful fusion of wellness wisdom and culinary prowess. Plus she has the ability to communicate about these things in a clever, relatable and truly beautiful way that draws in and inspires people.” — Sadira Furlow, Arianna Huffington + Pinterest, as they honoured Candice in 2017
“Candice’s social channels share heartfelt personal stories about travel and persistence alongside photos of clean, nutritious, beautiful food.” – Well + Good
“Top 20 New Role Model” – Arianna Huffington
“wellness goddess”- Girlboss
“Green goddess Candice Kumai has the right idea when it comes to superfoods and super beauty. The former model, wellness author, TV host, and top chef knows that natural beauty is at the root of all great style, and that it starts with how you treat your insides.” – Chalkboard Mag