Candice Kumai


New York, New York

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Where can we find you?

Author. Food Writer. Judge on Iron Chef America.

What is your favorite knife and usage?

The Messermeister Oliva Elité Santoku knife, Messermeister knives last forever! Chopping leeks on a really stressful day or slicing fresh salmon sashimi…like butter!

What inspires you?

My mom and my auntie Takuko

Candice's Bio

Candice Kumai is one of the country’s leading wellness journalists and the most trusted source in clean eating. She is the 5x best-selling author of Clean Green Eats, Clean Green Drinks, Pretty Delicious, Cook Yourself Sexy, and Cook Yourself Thin. Candice is a regular contributor to E! News, The Dr. Oz Show and The Today Show. At the age of 22, Candice classically trained as a chef and is a Top Chef alumna (season 1). Candice appears as a regular judge on Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay. She contributes regularly to top tier publications such as Elle, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Self, Yoga Journal, Men’s Journal, Elle Japan, The Wall Street Journal, and Well + Good. Candice is of Japanese-American descent, she is a former model and the former Food Editor-at-Large + Columnist at Shape and Men’s Fitness. Candice is currently writing her sixth book on Japanese Wellness, studying in Tokyo, Kyoto, Koyasan, Kyushu, Okinawa, Sado Island, Niigata and Noto. HarperCollins will publish her next book in winter, 2017.