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Local Celebrity Chef

Posted by Jennifer Ortega | August 19, 2012 / 07:29pm | Local News
TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) -She's a local chef from Tupelo that has cooked her way to the top, recently staring in one of Food Networks TV Shows.

She's baked, decorated and created her way straight to the top, becoming one of the stars for Food Network's popular show "The Next Food Network Star". Showcasing her skills in Tupelo Linkie Marais says, it's just the beginning of many things to come.

"I'm very goal oriented so I set goals and I go for it and I don't care what mountain I have to climb to get there. I always knew that I wanted to be on the Food Network, I did not know it was gonna happen now, I did not know that it would happen so quickly," said Linke Marais.

It's a skill that she's mastered over the years. After going national, Linkie has enjoyed coming back to her home town to teach the craft that she loves.

""It has been the most amazing experience to be back, I mean this is where everything started...were all my friends, family and support is, so its been amazing to be here and say hey guys thanks for all your support here in the show," added Linkie.

Linkie has recently launched a series of cake decorating workshops and cooking classes. She is planning workshops like this one all across the east coast.

 "Linkie's held a two day workshop here with us and is sharing her techniques of cake decorating with basic butter cream, all the way to the roll of fondant and gum paste," said Rose Mccoy, Owner of Creative Cakes and Supplies in Tupelo.

Linkie's bubbly personality has decorators flocking to her side with over a dozen students already in each of her classes.    

"It's incredible, she's very knowledgeable, she's great to work with...Learning from a celebrity, we followed her, we voted for her, we watched her, so it's been great," says one of her workshop students Lee Redwine.

The artist is currently working on a cookbook and aspires to ultimately have her very own cake decorating show. Her advice to a starting chef and artist is...

"Get your goals and then never give up. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top," said Linkie

Linkie hopes that her students leave her workshops knowing some new cake decorating techniques and with a little more confidence.
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