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Lehigh Valley chef takes on another type of course

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The chef who owns both Bolete Restaurant in Salisbury Township and Mister Lee's Noodles in Easton is busy prepping.

But this time, it's not a culinary masterpiece he's cooking up. His latest creation involves three “courses” over three days, and a few hundred miles in between.

For restaurant owner and chef Lee Chizmar, cooking has always been part of a daily cycle.

"I think for me, food has always been a big part of my family life growing up," he says.

But it's a different kind of cycle, that's taken over part of his life lately.

"Outdoors is something I've always really loved and as a chef," he tells us, but adds, "It's harder and harder to find the time to get outside."

But recently, he's found a way to nourish both his passions, while feeding the hungry at the same time.

Chef Chizmar has teamed up with 250 chefs across the country, to take part in an annual Chefs Cycle ride, a bike ride that raises money for hungry kids in America.

"I have two young daughters," he says. "It's hard to imagine that there are kids in our country that don't have breakfast, or lack access to food."

He says in his restaurants he wants to give people a culinary experience like no other. But at the end of the day, he knows better than anybody, we eat for survival.

"It just makes sense that chefs would kind of turn to the youngest, and hungry kids. It just makes sense that we would try to get involved in something like this."

The heat in the kitchen is just a taste of what's in store down the road. The No Kid Hungry's annual Chefs Cycle is a tall order.

Lee will head to California next week and ride three days straight for a total of 300 miles.

"It's definitely…uh…" Chef Chizmar smiles and then laughs, "It's a long bike ride!"

But he says chefs tend to be stubborn. So, this is a good recipe.

"There's a cause we feel strongly about, and we're just going to keep riding 'til we get there."

Who better to help feed people than a group of chefs working to provide nourishment for the body, and for them, maybe a good bit for the soul.

The overall goal of the Chefs Cycle ride is $2 million.

Chef Chizmar has set an individual goal of $10,000.

You can help him surpass his goal by donating here.

He's also captaining Lehigh Valley's "Wheels of Thyme" team, which has a team goal of $45,000. To donate to that goal, visit here.

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