Meet Courtney Larsen, the Malouf chef from Cache Valley, Utah cycling to end childhood hunger.
Q: How long have you been interested in cooking?
A: I started working at a local diner Juniper Inn as a dishwasher when I turned 16. I was shortly promoted to the line and by 18 I knew I wanted to run restaurants.
Q: When and why did you get involved with Chefs Cycle?
A: I follow a couple of chefs on Instagram and they have been training for it. It sounded like an awesome charity and a great way to combine a few of my passions. Win, win, win.
Q: Where did you grow up? Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I grew up in Cache Valley, Utah from birth. My parents still live in my childhood home in River Heights. After high school I moved to Salt Lake to ski and cook. Since then I have wandered from place to place and restaurant to restaurant learning and skiing. Eventually I ended up at the Sonora Grill in Ogden, Utah. This is where I first met Sam Malouf, the founder of Malouf where I now work. I didn’t think much of it at the time.
After that I traveled to Indonesia to teach cooks at a dive resort in a marine preserve. I returned to southern Utah to cook at the Buffalo Grill when Brian Child, a cycling acquaintance, recruited me to run the Malouf cafeteria.
I have ridden Lotoja 10 times and plan to do so again. I am a Cat. 3 road cyclist and love traveling to compete in amateur races. My love of scratch food comes from years in the industry and trying to figure out my place in it.
Q: When did you first start road biking?
A: I started road biking 13 years ago when I returned from a job in Alaska and spent some time at home with my father. He had been using my mountain bike over the summer while I was away and lost a lot of weight. We started doing a little riding together and decided to sign up for a gran fondo in Yellowstone. We rented road bikes and went for our ride. On the way home we talked about biking more and getting our own road bikes. We set the goal of riding Lotoja the next year and haven’t looked back.
Q: Have you participated in Chefs Cycle before?
A: This will be my first Chefs Cycle, I am really looking forward to meeting other people in the field who also bike. I'm thrilled to ride for the cause of feeding children. I have two kids and I worry for them constantly. When I think of children without food to eat, it breaks my heart. I have devoted my professional—and large parts of my personal life—to food. I want everyone to eat well.
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