‘Top Chef’ Alum Stefan Richter Spends Day in Wheelchair for Charity

The Finnish restauranteur and actor hopes to raise awareness of those with disabilities

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 8:01 PM

This holiday season, Bravo’s “Top Chef” alum Stefan Richter is giving back by giving up his legs for a day.

Hoping to raise support and awareness for the underserved community of the physically disabled, Richter will spend a full day in a wheelchair on Monday as a part of the NextStep Wheelchair for a Day Challenge, hosted by the NextStep Charity.

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Richter, who owns Stefan’s at L.A. Farm restaurant in Santa Monica, Calif., knows that his day in a wheelchair will be no easy feat.

“My recent test run in the wheelchair was an eye-opening experience,” he said. “Monday will definitely be a hurdle to overcome, but I look forward to gaining a better perspective on the challenges the physically disabled encounter on a daily basis,” said Richter, whose fast-paced life in L.A. includes running several restaurants and his own catering company.

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The NextStep Charity works in communities around the globe to provide fitness and health programs for those affected by paralysis and mobility impairments.