Here's What Happened To Cup Board Pro After Shark Tank

Cup Board Pro is not just a cutting board; the business has an incredible backstory. Cup Board Pro was invented by Keith Young, a former New York City firefighter and "Chopped" champion. The invention is the ultimate cutting board, made with an eco-friendly material called Richlite, which Williams-Sonoma says is "a wood fiber and recycled-paper composite." The cutting board is different from traditional cutting boards, in that, it has a tray that extends over the edge of your kitchen counter to collect extra juices and scraps of food.

After years of working on the Cup Board Pro and coming up with several prototypes, Young finally received his first shipment of finished cutting boards in 2015. But shortly after, he was diagnosed with cancer related to working at Ground Zero on 9/11 (via Cup Board Pro's). Having also lost their mother to cancer, his children, Kaley, Christian, and Keira brought the invention to Season 10 of "Shark Tank" (via Shark Tank on Facebook).

Cup Board Pro has become a success and helped FDNY

On "Shark Tank," the children of Cup Board Pro inventor Keith Young won over the Sharks and struck a deal with each one of them. The Youngs say that every board they had in their inventory sold out within an hour of the show airing, and they received 100,000 emails from fans trying to order the board. That's when the Sharks connected the kids with Williams-Sonoma, which began manufacturing and selling the cutting boards (via Shark Tank on Facebook).

But the story doesn't end there. The Youngs say they also received thousands of emails from people who wanted to help firefighters. They set up a GoFundMe account and raised $41,119 — almost double their $25,000 goal — which they presented to the New York City Fire Department in 2019 (via Cup Board Pro's website). All five Sharks were seated in the front row at the ceremony. "The way it's working out, they will never have to work for anybody else again, and that was what their dad's dream was," said Shark Matt Higgins. Kaley Young hopes her father would be proud, stating, "We're super grateful to be able to continue our dad's dream and to share our story with more people all over the world."