The Pro Chef Who’s Mastered Good-For-You Cooking

She proves a healthy life begins in the kitchen.

Thrive Global and The Quaker Oats Company present The Fuel List—20 people changing the way we fuel our minds and bodies every day. These are the leaders making an impact in the worlds of sleep, nutrition, movement and mindfulness right now.

Candice Kumai is the rare chef whose food is good for your health and your tastebuds. Professionally trained at the California School of Culinary Arts, Kumai first made a name for herself as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef, and used that exposure to launch a growing wellness business centered on good-for-you cookbooks, including bestsellers like Clean Green Eats, Pretty Delicious and Cook Yourself Thin (her sixth cookbook, focused on Japanese wellness strategies, is in the works). Her books and online content are driven by her desire to help people live healthier lives, starting in their kitchen. Kumai is also a regular judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Beat Bobby Flay.

“Candice brings together this powerful fusion of wellness wisdom and culinary prowess. Plus she has the ability to communicate about these things in a clever, relatable and truly beautiful way that draws in and inspires people.” — Sadira Furlow, Senior Marketing Director of Consumer Engagement, PepsiCo North America Nutrition

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