By JOEY HEFFERAN
For anyone who has eaten at the Elmore Dining Commons this semester, they may have realized that there seems to be something missing. The answer is not what, but rather who, as Lynn’s very own Shefthol Curtis is no longer serving up his mouth watering “shef special.”
While this is truly a tragedy for the collective taste buds of students’ pallets, what is new in Curtis’ life is far from tragic. He has created his own company, A “Shef” for 2, and has since opened corporate accounts with University of Phoenix North and South campuses, Plantation Inn and is in the process of putting the finishing touches on his very own food truck.
“I have always wanted to be my own boss and create an environment that is both fun and exciting,” said Curtis. “Food trucks are becoming a new wave across the country. I am literally living my dream and it feels so good.”
The truck, Ahoy Lunch Lubbers will be pirate-themed with light, healthy and delightful gourmet sandwiches, cold drinks, smoothies and his crew will be dressed in pirate uniforms.
Curtis also believes that the key to any great sandwich is in the sauce. He is currently working on perfecting a few of his homemade blends. Curtis has spent years contemplating every aspect of this venture sticking to the mantra that “success occurs when opportunity meets preparation,” a line made famous by Zig Ziglar.
This is not all that Curtis has in store. Within the next few years his ultimate goal is to open up A “Shef” for 2 Bistro and Grille in Broward County. A goal he feels well prepared for, thanks to his time spent working on campus.
“I plan on following the same teachings I learned from my executive chefs at Lynn, Chef Omar, Chef Brian and Chef Glenn. I miss them and the students that made working at Lynn more than worthwhile.”
While Curtis is certainly living the dream, he almost lost his life two years ago in an auto accident. The settlement from this tragedy however was actually what allowed Curtis to fund his new business ventures and live the life he currently enjoys.“Everything has been lining up for me and I truly see it as a blessing in disguise from God,” said Curtis. “It’s bittersweet, but without sacrifice there is no victory.”
With Ahoy Lunch Lubbers soon hitting the streets, Curtis has made plans to bring his truck to the remaining home games this semester.
Lynn students can now prepare themselves for a victory of their own, both on the field and in their stomachs.