Candace Nelson is a Los Angeles-based food entrepreneur and accomplished pastry chef known for co-founding Sprinkles, the world’s first cupcake bakery, and most recently, Pizzana, a Neo-Neapolitan pizzeria in LA’s Brentwood community. At Sprinkles and Pizzana, Candace’s approachable, nostalgia-inducing desserts are on display, reflecting her enterprising vision for sweet and savory ventures that resonate with guests.

Started in Beverly Hills with her husband Charles in 2005, Sprinkles was an overnight sensation, offering Candace’s sophisticated take on the classic American cupcake. In addition to celebrity fans like Oprah Winfrey and Blake Lively, Sprinkles has twenty four locations nationwide featuring cupcakes, cookies, ice cream and cupcake ATMs. Following Sprinkles’ success, Candace & Charles turned their attention to pizza, conceptualizing Pizzana with partners and friends Chris & Caroline O’Donnell. The neighborhood Neo-Neapolitan pizzeria opened in April 2017 with Candace overseeing direction for the restaurant’s pastry program to complement the savory menu from Pizzana’s Naples-born pizzaiolo. Pizzana since earned a spot on Los Angeles Times’ food critic Jonathan Gold’s annual “101 Best Restaurants” list within its first year of opening.

Internationally recognized for her prowess with pastry, Candace served as a judge on the Food Network show Cupcake Wars and has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, The Chew, The Talk, Nightline and in O, Vanity Fair, InStyle, and People magazines. Candace is also a dedicated philanthropist, a long time supporter of Baby2Baby, and a founding board member of LAXart and Dia Women.