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Three hundred chefs and culinary professionals cycled 300 miles, beginning on May 16 in Santa Rosa, in the annual Chefs Cycle to help end childhood hunger.

Departing from Santa Rosa on May 16, 300 chefs and culinary professionals swapped their aprons for spandex and set out with No Kid Hungry for its third annual Chefs Cycle. They pledged to cycle 300 miles over three days to help end childhood hunger nation-wide.

The chefs included including Chris Cosentino, Neal Fraser, Duff Goldman, Andrew Knowlton, Jeff Mahin, Seamus Mullen, Bryan Voltaggio and Michael Voltaggio.

Consentino, chef at the newly opened Acacia House in St. Helena, is participating for the second time and like others is an avid cyclist. “I raced professionally for more than six years as a mountain bike ultra endurance racer,” he said. His riding record was 224 miles in 24 hours.

Others like, Michael Voltaggio of Ink in Los Angeles are riding for their first time.

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No Kid Hungry’s statistics predict that one in every six kids will face hunger this year alone. Chef Jason Roberts from Australia said, “As a child I never had to choose between the quantity or quality of food. I am saddened this is the case we face right now.”

Cosentino added, “Childhood hunger is a solvable problem, and as chefs it is our responsibility to fix that. I don’t want to live in a world like that, as industry professionals we can work to make this change and end childhood hunger.”

The event raised about $1.7 million of its $2 million goal, which will translate to 20 million meals for children in need. To support this event or sponsor a rider, visit www.chefscycle.org.

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