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About Candice

⚡"the wellness golden girl" - forbes

Named “The Golden Girl of Wellness” by both ELLE and Forbes, Candice is a 12-time award wining writer, classically trained chef, former line cook, former TV host, and former-model-turned journalist. She is a six-time, best-selling author. With her latest book, Kintsugi Wellness Candice combines her wellness wisdom and traditional Japanese heritage with a culinary prowess.

Candice has bylines in Vogue, CosmopolitanBon Appétit, Shape, Yoga Journal, Men’s Journal, Well + Good, Girlboss and Byrdie. She contributes to: Forbes, Chopra, Goop and Women’s Health, Create & Cultivate, The Today Show, E! Daily Pop and Good Morning America. A Top Chef alumna, Candice has appeared as a regular judge on Iron Chef America & Beat Bobby Flay. She models for brands like Victoria’s Secret, Shiseido, Origins and Kora Organics. 

Candice is a New York City based writer and the former Food Editor-at-Large at Shape and Men’s Fitness and a columnist at Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines.

Candice’s new book was translated and published in ten countries, including Brazil, Russia, China, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, Poland, Netherlands, and Czech Republic. Candice is currently shooting with NHK World in Tokyo & The Today Show coverage for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in NYC, LA and Japan. She is writing her seventh book with Audible Originals out April 2023. Follow Candice @candicekumai and at CandiceKumai.com. Subscribe to her weekly, top ranked podcast Wabi Sabi now.

Candice resides in New York City. She has written, art directed and creative directed her own work since 2005.

**Candice is not an “influencer”.  Candice is represented by UTA.


“Kumai is paving the way for women in traditionally male-dominated industries, the secret wellness ingredients in her pantry and why ancient Japanese self-care rituals are more relevant than ever.” FORBES

“Candice’s books are an exploration of culture, heritage, mind-body wellness, and spirituality that you’re more likely to find in a memoir – Perhaps the most powerful way to share these traditional Japanese wellness practices is through food, and Kumai deftly mixes old-school with new. Turn to her for thoughtful guidance, reflection, and inspiration.” GOOP

“The Wellness IT-Girl. Candice Kumai’s social channels share heartfelt personal stories about travel and persistence alongside photos of clean, nutritious, beautiful food.” – Well + Good

“One of our favorite culture and travel writers” – TODAY show

“Top 20 New Role Model” – Arianna Huffington

“One of my favorite clean eating Chefs, Candice Kumai” – Dr. Oz

“Candice Kumai, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, TV host, and New York Times best-selling author of the Clean Green cookbooks franchise, is the golden girl of the wellness world. She’s a go-to source on all things clean eating and also serves up some serious #fitspiration to tens of thousands on social media.” – Elle


Candice’s Reel:

Candice’s 17 Years in the Biz:

What They're Saying

“The Clean Queen. Candice is widely recognized as one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country.”
“A trailblazing millennial, changing the world as we know it.”
"Candice Kumai is the golden girl of the wellness world. She’s a go-to source on all things clean eating and also serves up some serious #fitspiration to tens of thousands on social media."
"A digital influencer with a fit image."


Candice is featured in and contributes to top tier publications, shows and brands.

Giving Back

Candice contributes her efforts to dozens of charitable organizations each year. She believes that each of us has a gift and a calling, to better our community and one-another through our talents.


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