The Death Chefs Hogs 4 The Cause Ca$h Donation
Mandeville, LA – THE DEATH CHEFS – Promoting Life Through the Charity of Food
Many people have asked “why in the world did you name your competition-cooking team The Death Chefs, don’t you guys cook for charity events benefitting cancer patients!?” The answer to this question is simple: the team name was supposed to be scary. Let us explain. The team name Death Chefs was chosen in 2008 to compete in a Halloween-themed chili cook-off and corresponding Halloween costume contest. The Death Chefs became a fixture at this annual event, the Mandeville Rotary Club’s Chili Cook-off. The team earned First Prize in that contest in 2010. When we were cooking chili at Halloween festivals, the name Death Chefs was cool. Then we decided to try our hands at barbecue as The Death Chefs. Our first official barbecue contest was the 2011 Hogs for The Cause in City Pork and we finished 10th in the Grand Champion competition as The Death Chefs. By then we had banners and yard signs; caps and t-shirts that all said The Death Chefs, so the name had some history, so we stuck with it. It wasn’t until some Yankee, liberal woman on Facebook claimed to be offended by our name that anyone ever questioned it, so we did what most Southern barbecue guys would do in that situation: we de-friended her and went on to make some more money for great charities, Death Chefs style!
About The Cause: In 2009, Hogs for the Cause hosted a pig roast to raise money for a boy named Ben Sarrat. Li’l Ben had been diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. In that first year, roughly 200 people showed up to watch a pig turn slowly on a spit and raise money to help Ben’s family. Fast-forward a few short years (seven and counting), and Hogs for the Cause is now one of the largest barbecue competitions and music festivals in the country. Our charitable purpose remains the same: helping families fighting pediatric brain cancer.
The purpose of Hogs For The Cause is to provide aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. While the money devoted to pediatric cancer research is dwindling, there is an even bigger void in the variable expenses associated with cancer treatment. It is our goal to fill this void. As a result of the support and success Hogs For The Cause has garnered in past years, Hogs currently operates as a premier funding source for pediatric brain cancer outreach services in the United States.