Daily Tar Heel staff writer Cici Du sat down with cook Curtis Lyons for Town Talk’s weekly Humans of Chapel Hill feature.
To view the original Humans of New York blog, see here.
Do you like your job? Why or why not?
I love it. Love it. The students, they keep me young. I love to cook. Cooking is my life, because I make people happy. When I walk down the street, people are like, “Curtis, that was so good!” I feed a lot of homeless people out here, too. At 2 o’clock, I break my line down, and instead of throwing the food away, I make plates and come out here and give them away.
What has been the happiest moment of your life so far?
Wow, that’s a hard one. My first son, no, my daughter. She is so great. She makes me feel so good and we’ve clicked. We don’t let nothing get us down because I taught her a lot. Coming up, a lot of people complain. My grandma would, I can hear her talking to me now, “Ain’t no sister’s complaining ain’t gonna do no good.” Just be strong and keep going. Because if you are not happy, you can’t make other people happy. You’ve got to help people. You’re out here for a purpose. We’re all out here for a purpose. God has a plan for all of us.
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