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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Local chefs, youth team up for Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 5:10 PM

click to enlarge Chef Ryan Prewitt (front) and chef Stephen Stryjewski (back row, center) with members of the Youth Empowerment Project Trafigura Work & Learn Center (left to right) Alberta Wright, Taylor Milton, Emma West and Brice White, who designed bikes for the chefs. - PHOTO BY HARVEY SANDERS
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  • Chef Ryan Prewitt (front) and chef Stephen Stryjewski (back row, center) with members of the Youth Empowerment Project Trafigura Work & Learn Center (left to right) Alberta Wright, Taylor Milton, Emma West and Brice White, who designed bikes for the chefs.

A group of local chefs is joining a national cause to fight child hunger at the three-day Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry bike ride in California in June.

Link Restaurant Group chefs Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt announced in a prepared statement Wednesday (April 27) that they’ve pledged to raise a combined $15,000 for the nonprofit, No Kid Hungry, an organization that works to feed homeless children in America. To meet their goal, Stryjewski and Prewitt are teaming up with Central City's Youth Empowerment Project’s Trafigura Work & Learn Center, where youth sell new, used and refurbished bikes. Two specially themed bikes will be raffled off June 25. Stryjewski’s bike is inspired by Cochon and Butcher, while Prewitt’s is inspired by Peche. Tickets are $20 and can be bought at any Link restaurant.

“Stephen and I really wanted to build excitement with this event, and we knew bringing in the kids from YEP’s Work & Learn Center would make it fun,” Prewitt said in the statement. 

“When one-in-five children in America lives in a family that struggles to consistently put enough food on the table, I can’t just sit here and do nothing,” Stryjewski said. “We live in a community that knows suffering, but we somehow always come together when there is a need. I cannot think of a greater need than to feed a child."

Local chefs Kelly Fields and Lisa White of Willa Jean also are participating in the race, joining nearly 200 participating cooks and restaurant professionals in the cause. The chefs will embark on the three-day ride, which starts in Carmel on June 27 and ends in Santa Barbara on June 29.

For more information, or to donate, visit the organization's website, here. 


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