Rosanna Pansino

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Rosanna Reardon
Personal information
Born (1985-06-08) June 8, 1985 (age 38)
  • YouTuber
  • author
  • businesswoman
  • actress
  • singer
PartnerMike Lamond
YouTube information
Years active2010–present
Subscribers14.5 million[1]
Total views4.69 billion[1]
100,000 subscribers2012
1,000,000 subscribers2013
10,000,000 subscribers2018

Last updated: November 25, 2023

Rosanna Jeanne Reardon (born June 8, 1985), known online as Rosanna Pansino is an American YouTuber, author, businesswoman, actress, and singer. Pansino is one of the highest-paid content-creators on YouTube,[2][3][4] and was listed first on Forbes' Top Influencers: Food list in 2017.[5][6]

Pansino has hosted the internet series Nerdy Nummies since 2011, which won her a Shorty Award and earned her five Streamy Award nominations. She has written and published two cookbooks based on the series, as well as releasing a baking line. She starred in the web series Broken Quest in 2013, the YouTube Premium series Escape the Night in 2018 and 2019—the latter of which earned her two Streamy Award nominations—, and hosted the HBO Max series Baketopia in 2021. She released her debut single "Perfect Together" in 2015; she is a classically trained singer.[7]

Early life[edit]

Pansino was born on June 8, 1985[8][9] in Seattle, King County, Washington, where she was raised alongside her younger sister Molly Lu.[10] She is of Italian, Croatian, German, and Irish ancestry.[11] Throughout her childhood, she was known by friends and family as a "nerdy" and "awkward" kid, and in school, she struggled with dyslexia.[12][13] She originally wanted to become an actress[14] and, after attending Pacific Lutheran University, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.[12] At one stage, Pansino was a teacher.[15]

Pansino's interest in cooking was inspired by her father and grandmother,[16] and she stated in 2014 that "...baking has always been a hobby of mine. I have always loved being creative with my food and making themed sweets for my friends."[17] On December 17, 2019, Pansino announced throughout her social media outlets that her father, who appeared in several of her videos, had died due to leukemia, which he had been fighting for six years.[18][19]


YouTube work[edit]

Pansino began her YouTube channel in 2010 after she was encouraged by a few of her friends who also worked on YouTube and had started making videos to get more comfortable in front of a camera.[20] After her early baking videos gained a steady following, viewers eventually started to request more.[21] Because she had never seen a baking show on television or the Internet, Pansino decided to create the Nerdy Nummies series. She decided to use the last name "Pansino" online, which was her mother's maiden last name.[22] She later revealed that in her early years of YouTube while she had still worked as an actress that she had to choose between acting or YouTube, the ultimatum given by her agent.[14] She remained adamant that she would not quit YouTube, despite the risks being taken at the time.[23] Pansino told Cosmopolitan in 2015: " At this point, I wasn't making any money on YouTube. I knew that it was possible to do that but I wasn't making a dime. I decided, I'm going to do this. I'm not going to let YouTube go."

Nerdy Nummies quickly became a hit, and it brought Pansino much recognition and acclaim. As of November 2022, her channel has attained over 4.2 billion views and 14 million subscribers, making it the most popular cooking channel on YouTube.[24][25] She has since received several accolades; in 2013, she won the Shorty Award for Best Foodie, Chef, or Food Lover in Social Media.[26] She has also received five Streamy Award nominations for her work on Nerdy Nummies.[26][27][28][29][30][31] In 2018, Pansino officially reached 10 million subscribers on YouTube, so she was given a Diamond Play Button by the company.[32] According to Forbes, Pansino has remained one of the highest-paid YouTubers, reporting her to have made seven figures each year through sponsorships and advertisements.[2] Commenting on her success in an interview with Business Insider in 2014, she stated: "I've never thought about how to make a video go viral. From the very beginning I have always wanted to use YouTube to better myself and share things I enjoy with the world. If others want to join me on that journey I am happy to have them as viewers."[24] Pansino is well-known for her collaborations with other YouTubers, notably iJustine, whom she has made multiple videos with, including "Combining Every Gingerbread House Into A MANSION"[33] and "Is This The Worst Kitchen Gadget Yet?!?!"[34] Other creators she has collaborated with in past videos include the Merrell Twins,[35] Rebecca Zamolo,[36] and MatPat.[37]

Pansino has been noted for her consistent upload schedule, not having missed a single date since creating her channel.[3] She stated in an interview with Forbes that "I don't want to miss an upload; I'm just not going to do that to my community, they've shown up for me and been so supportive of me, and in exchange I've been there for them—there's always going to be a video waiting for them on Saturday. It's this relationship and bond that I never wanted to break and I'm really proud that I haven't because it has been difficult at times." For the upcoming future, she said that she hoped to "be making baking videos until I'm 90 years old."[3] In 2021, Pansino acknowledged in a Forbes interview "that around 60 hours of work go into a typical cooking video," due to the amount of time needed to experiment, assemble, bake, and film these videos.[3]

Other ventures[edit]

Pansino made her first appearance on television as a contestant on Season 2 of VH1's Scream Queens, a reality series in which the prize was a role in one of the Saw films; she ended in 9th place.[38] Following this, Pansino appeared in small roles on shows such as Parks and Recreation and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[14] She voiced the role of Violet in the animated web series Broken Quest in 2013.[24]

In 2015, she made a cameo in the music video for "Dessert" by Dawin ft Silentó. She also released her first single, entitled "Perfect Together" in 2015, which was produced by Kurt Hugo Schneider.[39] It was initially released on iTunes, and the music video was released later the same year which as of 2019, has over 20 million views.[40][41] Also in 2015, Pansino wrote and published The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook,[42][43] which was officially released that same year.[44] The book includes selected recipes previously featured on Nerdy Nummies, along with previously featured recipes have been remastered.[45] The book became a New York Times best seller,[46] and has been listed by BookRiot on a list of "50 Must-Read Books by YouTubers".[47]

With music, Pansino has also become known for posting covers of popular songs on her YouTube channel, notably with songs like "Part of Your World" from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid.[48] Such covers, including both "Part of Your World,"[48] and "Think of Me" from Phantom of the Opera, have become available to purchase on sites such as Spotify.[49]

In 2016, she had a recurring voice role for the television series Emo Dad and also guest starred in the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark as herself.[50] In August 2017,[51] Pansino released a baking line in collaboration with cooking company Wilton.[52] The set ranges from cooking tools and products intended more for the use of beginners, with the items including measurements and guides on each. It was released to a number of retailers, including Walmart and Michael's.[52] In 2018, she released new items to further extend her line.[53] Also in 2018, Pansino released another cookbook, entitled Baking All Year Round, which was based on the same concept of her previous cookbook.[54] Pansino starred in the third season of YouTube Red's Escape the Night as The Jet Setter in 2018, and in the fourth season as The Socialite in 2019. Pansino and the rest of the cast for both the third and fourth season were nominated for Streamy Awards.[55][56]

In 2019, she made an appearance as a guest judge on Netflix original competitive-baking show Nailed It!.[57] In 2020, she appeared on YouTuber Lauren Riihimaki's show Craftopia.[58] In 2021, Pansino hosted the HBO Max series Baketopia[59] where contestants compete in a bake-off to win up to $10,000;[60][61] her hosting work on the show has received praise[62][63] and she has also executive-produced several episodes. That same year, she was among several other YouTubers who appeared in MrBeast's "$1,000,000 Influencer Tournament".[64][65] In 2023, she guest-starred as a wedding planner on NCIS: Los Angeles, which she described as a "dream come true".[66][67]

Personal life[edit]

Pansino currently resides in Los Angeles, where she films all her YouTube videos.[12] In 2018, Pansino announced that she is in a relationship with Mike Lamond, better known as Husky, a former E-sports commentator who currently works with Pansino on Nerdy Nummies. In her 2019 Valentine's Day video, she stated that they have worked together for nine years and have been dating for six years.[68]

In 2019, Pansino was admitted to a local hospital after complaining of severe pain and illness.[69] It was then later revealed that she had caught a life-threatening bacterial infection, which was treated immediately.[70] The news was announced on her Twitter account.[71] In October of 2019, Pansino shared on social media that she had struggled with severe dyslexia throughout her life.[72] In February 2021, she underwent a removal of her breast implants.[73] Pansino discussed her reason for choosing to remove her implants a year later in a YouTube video.[74]



Title Year Role Notes
Star Trek: Phoenix 2010 Ensign Kelly Short film
A Heist With Markiplier 2019 Professor Beauregard Interactive film
In Space With Markiplier 2022


Title Year Role Notes
Scream Queens 2008 Herself Game show; 2 episodes
Parks and Recreation 2009 Holiday Elf Episode: "Christmas Scandal"
Warren the Ape 2010 Lela Finkelbaum Episode: "Out with the Old"
Glee 2010 Cheerio Cheerleader Episode: "Duets"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2011 Cheerleader Episode: "Unleashed"
Broken Quest 2013 Violet Main role
Bad Internet 2016 Chef Sarah Episode: "Death Battle Showdown"
Emo Dad Miss Blissful Recurring role
Bizaardvark Herself Episode: "Agh, Humbug"
Nailed It! 2019 Herself Episode: "Prehistoric Bakes"
Escape the Night 2018–2019 The Jetsetter/The Socialite Main role
Craftopia 2021 Herself HBO series; guest appearance
Baketopia Main role; also producer
Halloween Cookie Challenge 2022 Herself Judge
NCIS: Los Angeles 2023 Tara Walker Episode: "Shame"

Music video[edit]

Video game[edit]



List of singles
Title Year Album Ref.
"Perfect Together" 2015 Non-album singles [76]
"Rainbow Magic" (featuring Schmoyoho) 2018 [77]
"Bad Moon Rising" (cover) 2023 [78]


  • The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook (2015)
  • Baking All Year Round (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Show Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Shorty Awards Best Foodie, Chef or Food Lover in Social Media Herself Won [79]
2014 Streamy Awards Best Show of the Year Nerdy Nummies Nominated [26]
Best Food and Cuisine Nominated [28]
2015 Shorty Awards Best Foodie, Chef or Food Lover in Social Media Nominated [80]
Streamy Awards Best Food and Cuisine Nominated [29]
The Taste Awards Kikkoman Breakout Foodies of the Year Herself Won [81]
2017 Streamy Awards Best Food and Cuisine Nerdy Nummies Nominated [30]
2018 Best Ensemble Cast Escape the Night Nominated [82]
2019 Best Food and Cuisine Nerdy Nummies Nominated [31]
Best Ensemble Cast Escape The Night Nominated [27]


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