Rosanna Pansino

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Rosanna Pansino
Born (1985-06-08) June 8, 1985 (age 35)
  • YouTuber
  • actress
  • author
Years active2009–present
YouTube information
Subscribers12.7 million
Total views3.2 billion
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2018

Updated: September 6, 2020

Rosanna Pansino (born June 8, 1985)[1][2] is an American YouTuber, actress, and cookbook author, who was listed first on Forbes' "Top Influencers: Food" list in 2017,[3][4] and is one of the highest-paid women on YouTube.[5] She has received two Shorty Award nominations of which she won one, as well as seven Streamy Award nominations.

Pansino is best known for her internet cooking show Nerdy Nummies (2011–present), which is the most popular cooking series on the platform. Aside from her internet work, Pansino had starring roles in the web series Broken Quest (2013) and the YouTube Premium series Escape the Night (2018, 2019). She has also written and published two cookbooks.

Early life[edit]

Rosanna Pansino was born on June 8, 1985, in Seattle, Washington, where she was raised alongside her sister Molly Lu.[6] She is of Italian, Croatian, German, and Irish ancestry.[7] Throughout her childhood, she was known by friends and family as a "nerdy" and "awkward" kid, and in school, she struggled with dyslexia.[8][9]

Pansino originally wanted to become an actress,[10] and after attending Pacific Lutheran University, she moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue acting.[8] Her interest in cooking was inspired by her father and grandmother,[11] 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."[12]


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.[13] Following this, Pansino appeared in small roles on shows such as Parks and Recreation and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[10] She began her YouTube channel in 2009 after she was encouraged by a few of her friends who had also worked on YouTube, and had started making videos to get more comfortable in front of a camera.[10]

After her early baking videos gained a steady following, viewers eventually started to request more.[14] Because she had never seen a baking show on television or the Internet, Pansino decided to create the Nerdy Nummies series. 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.[10] She remained adamant that she would not quit YouTube, despite the risks being taken at the time.[15] 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 brought Pansino much recognition and acclaim. Her channel has attained over 3 billion views, making it the most popular cooking channel on YouTube.[16] She has since received several accolades; in 2013, she won the Shorty Award for Best Foodie, Chef or Food Lover in Social Media.[17] She has also received five Streamy Award nominations for her work on Nerdy Nummies.[17][18][19][20][21][22] According to Forbes, Pansino has remained one of the highest-paid female YouTubers, reporting her to have made seven figures each year through sponsorships and advertisements.[5] 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."[16]

Pansino voiced the main role of Violet in the animated web series Broken Quest in 2013.[16] 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.[23] 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.[24][25] Also in 2015, Pansino wrote and published The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook,[26][27] which was officially released that same year.[28] The book includes selected recipes previously featured on Nerdy Nummies, along with previously featured recipes have been remastered.[29] The book became a New York Times best seller,[30] and has been listed by BookRiot on a list of "50 Must-Read Books by YouTubers".[31]

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.[32] She 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.[33][34]

In August 2017,[35] Pansino released a baking line in collaboration with cooking company Wilton.[36] 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 massive number of retailers, including Walmart and Michael's.[36] In 2018, she released new items to further extend her line.[37] Also in 2018, Pansino released another cookbook, entitled Baking All Year Round, which was based on the same concept of her previous cookbook.[38] In 2019, she made an appearance as a guest judge on Netflix original competitive-baking show Nailed It!.[39] In 2020, she also appeared as a guest judge on YouTuber Lauren Riihimaki's show Craftopia.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Pansino currently resides in Los Angeles, where she films all her YouTube videos.[8]

In 2018, Pansino announced that she is in a relationship with Mike Lamond, better known as Husky, a former esports commentator who currently works with Pansino on Nerdy Nummies. In her 2019 Valentine's Day video, she stated that they've worked together for nine years and have been dating for six years.[41]

In 2019, Pansino was admitted to a local hospital after complaining of suffering severe pain and illness.[42] It was then later revealed that she'd caught a life-threatening bacterial infection, which was treated immediately.[43] The news was announced on her Twitter account.[44]

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.[45][46]



Year Work Role Notes
2010 Star Trek: Phoenix - Cloak and Dagger Part I Ensign Kelly Short film
2010 Shakey Grounds Part of a couple Short film
2010 I Owe My Life to Corbin Bleu Ro Boat (uncredited)
2011 Amy Alyson Fans Ahsoka
2013 Bloodsucka Jones Helena
2017 The Emoji Movie Cameo appearance
2019 A Heist With Markiplier Scientist Interactive film


Year Work Role Notes
2009 Parks and Recreation Holiday Elf 1 episode
2010 Warren the Ape Lela Finkelbaum 1 episode
2010 Glee Cheerio Cheerleader 1 episode
2011 Husky Fans Medic 1 episode
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Cheerleader 1 episode
2013 Broken Quest Violet Main role
2016 Bad Internet Chef Sarah 1 episode
2016 Emo Dad Miss Blissful Recurring role; 5 episodes
2016 Bizaardvark Herself 1 episode
2017 Mind Field Herself 1 episode
2018–2019 Could You Survive The Movies? Immortan Ro/Rosanna Pansino Alien Clone 2 episodes
2018, 2019 Escape the Night The Jetsetter, The Socialite Main role

Music video[edit]



Year Song Album Refs
2015 "Perfect Together" Non-album singles [47]
2018 "Rainbow Magic" (ft. Schmoyoho) Non-album singles [48]


  • 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 [49]
2014 Streamy Awards Best Show of the Year Nerdy Nummies Nominated [17]
Best Food and Cuisine Nominated [19]
2015 Shorty Awards Best Foodie, Chef or Food Lover in Social Media Nominated [50]
Streamy Awards Best Food and Cuisine Nominated [20]
The Taste Awards Kikkoman Breakout Foodies of the Year Herself Won [51]
2017 Streamy Awards Best Food and Cuisine Nerdy Nummies Nominated [21]
2018 Best Ensemble Cast Escape the Night Nominated [52]
2019 Best Food and Cuisine Nerdy Nummies Nominated [22]
Best Ensemble Cast Escape The Night Nominated [18]


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