While spreading the eze – a paste containing molasses and butter – to the bottom of the round copper trays used for making the künefe, Dinç explained that after years of working for others, he was enjoying being the "boss behind the cash box" before the earthquake versus making the dessert himself as he used to do. "But our master [künefe maker] died with his whole family in the earthquake," he said. "So, I returned to the back of the counter."
This time, however, he had a new helper: Lamia Dinç, his wife. After noticing that her husband was struggling to deal with the kitchen and the customers simultaneously, she rolled up her sleeves and became the team's newest member.