Candice Kumai, co-host of E! News’ Food Envy, Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin and TLC’s Homemade Simple, had traveled across Asia, NYC, and LA as a fashion model at the age of 15. Candice worked as a fit and fashion consultant for brands like Habitual Denim, American Rag, Calvin Klein Swim, and Betsey Johnson Swim at the age of 18. At 22, she received her professional culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu California School of Culinary Arts and cooked in several California restaurants. Candice was the youngest chef to compete on Bravo’s inaugural season of Top Chef at age 23. By the age of 29, as a major influencer, Candice became a regular judge on Iron Chef America and had written/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 The Bikini Body Diet.
In addition to contributing regularly on E! News and Access Hollywood Live, she has been featured on The Today Show, CBS Early Show, GMA, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, The Talk, Extra, Cooking Channel, Food Network, Top Chef, Iron Chef and Beat Bobby Flay. She is the former Food Editor-At-Large at Shape and Men’s Fitness. Candice’s newest cookbook will be published with HarperWave, a division of HarperCollins, Summer 2015. Candice is currently in development on new projects with E!’s Style Collective, E!’s The Fabulist, EatClean.com and CosmoBody.
Her cookbooks include Cook Yourself Thin, Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy, and Clean Green Drinks. Her charitable contributions include work with Health Corps, The James Beard Foundation, 1,000 Days, The Chef’s Garden, The Japan Society, The White House Initiative for AAPI and The US Japan Council. Candice is featured in and contributes to dozens of food, health, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle publications. She resides in New York City.