Candice Kumai

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Candice Kumai is an American author and chef. Kumai is based in New York City.[1]


Candice was born in California to a Japanese mother and Polish-American father.[2] Kumai worked as a model[3] when she was a teenager.[4] Later, she trained as a professional chef in Southern California, cooking on the line at several restaurants.[5]


Kumai was the youngest chef competing on the first season of Top Chef.[2]

Her approach to cooking is based on her Japanese American heritage.[6] Kumai became the host for Lifetime's show, Cook Yourself Thin.[4]

Kumai has been involved in 1,000 Days, which is an initiative started by Hillary Clinton in 2010 to improve nutrition for mothers and children worldwide.[7] In 2014, she became a Kirin brand ambassador.[8]

Her series of books in the Clean Green series have made the bestseller list of the New York Times.[1][5] Kumai is also a contributing editor to Shape Magazine.[9]


Year Title Notes
2009 Cook Yourself Thin Co-author
2011 Pretty Delicious Author
2012 Cook Yourself Sexy Author
2014 Clean Green Drinks Author
2015 Clean Green Eats Author


Year Title Role Episode/Notes
2006 Top Chef Herself 5 episodes [2]
2010 - 2012 Unique Eats Herself
2011 Extreme Chef Herself Judge[10]
2011 - 2012 Iron Chef America Herself Judge[11]
2013 Playing With Fire Herself[12]
2014 - 2016 Beat Bobby Flay Herself Judge


  1. ^ a b "Mixing Ethnic Fare With Thanksgiving Dinne". Weekend Edition Sunday (NPR). 19 November 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Dish: Chef and food editor Candice Kumai". CBS News. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dishing with 'Stiletto Chef' Candice Kumai". Shape. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Candice Kumai has gone from 'Top Chef' to 'Stiletto Chef'". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Rodulfo, Kristina (15 October 2015). "How 'Clean Green' Queen Candice Kumai's Bedtime Ritual Keeps Her on Top of Her Game". Elle. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Jad'on, Kelly (8 February 2011). "Cookbook Review: Pretty Delicious By Candice Kumai". Basil and Spice. Retrieved 15 August 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ Settembre, Jeanette (26 September 2013). "'Top Chef' Alumnus Candice Kumai Dishes on Best Foods for Pregnancy". New York Daily News. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kirin Partners with Chef Candice Kumai to Bring Japanese-Style Beer to Growing Asian Cuisine Movement". China Weekly News. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Heroun, Joe. "Chic Holiday Cooking with Candice Kumai". Shape. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Vermillion, Allecia (23 May 2011). "New Food Network Show Extreme Chef Is Totally Extreme!". Eater. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (4 April 2013). "What's On Thursday". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Castillo, Stephanie (11 February 2013). "Does Sexiness Start in the Kitchen?". Prevention. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 

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