Courtney Larsen, in-house chef for Utah-based bedding accessories maker Malouf, stepped out of the kitchen and hit the road with award-winning celebrity chefs and members of the culinary community to participate in Chefs Cycle, a fundraising endurance event featuring award-winning chefs and members of the culinary community fighting hunger outside the kitchen.
From May 16 to 18, Larsen joined 230 culinary professionals on a three-day, 300 mile ride in California with a goal of raising $2 million to benefit No Kid Hungry, a campaign from the non-profit Share Our Strength that connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. He joins notable riders including the Food Network’s Duff Goldman, “Top Chef Masters” winner Chris Cosentino, chefs Bryan Voltaggio and Michael Voltaggio, and singer-songwriter P!nk.
“Chefs Cycle is an awesome event supporting a great cause,” said Larsen. “I am an avid cyclist, and I’m passionate about ending childhood hunger. As a father of two young kids and someone who has devoted my professional and personal life to food, I want everyone to eat well.”
Every dollar earned from the fundraising event provides a child in need with 10 meals. Larsen primarily drove fundraising efforts by combining his love for cycling and expertise in the kitchen. Additionally, Arby’s offered a substantial match if the participants can reach $190,000 before June 30, 2017.
“I am impressed by how many people are really passionate about this cause,” said Larsen. “So many of the conversations I had with everyone went back to their own kids and just said, ‘I can’t imagine if my kids were hungry.’ It’s still not too late to help us out by making a donation.”
Larsen’s involvement in Chefs Cycle is supported by the Malouf Foundation, which has a common mission to support kids and families during difficult times. The Malouf Foundation donates comfort items to children in foster care and to those fleeing abuse.
About Malouf: Malouf has been innovating, manufacturing, and importing quality bedding products for over 13 years. Malouf’s product lines include Z pillows, WOVEN linens, STRUCTURES frames, SLEEP TITE protectors, and ISOLUS toppers. This comprehensive offering provides retail partners with the tools needed to enhance every mattress sale. Malouf now owns over one and a half million square feet of warehousing space between the east and west coasts, allowing for streamlined shipping logistics and faster transit times.