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Celebrity chef returns to The W

Linkie MaraisCOLUMBUS, Miss. – Linkie Marais, “Food Network Star” Season 8 finalist, will return to The W campus this week to share cake decorating tips with Culinary Arts Institute students.

 

Marais, a 2006 graduate of MUW’s culinary program, will be in Columbus Wednesday and Thursday, making media appearances, as well as doing cake demos for current students.

In August, Marais returned to her alma mater to work with culinary students and meet community members at a public reception.

Marais competed against thousands of other contestants and earned a spot as a finalist on “Food Network Star” Season 8.

Originally from South Africa, Marais moved with her family to Tupelo when she was 16. As a high school student, she worked for a wedding company, where she decorated wedding cakes and catered.

She earned a degree in culinary arts from MUW and later worked as a pastry chef and cake artist. Eventually she moved to Boston, Mass., where she worked in a high-profile baking company.

Marais resides in North Attleborough, Mass., with her husband.

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The town, which sits on the banks of the Tombigbee River, is widely recognized for its historic character. It is home to three National Register Districts and is nationally prominent for its annual Spring Pilgrimage, an award-winning event that showcases homes dating to the 1800s.

Columbus also has a rich literary heritage, both as the birthplace of noted playwright Tennessee Williams and its connection to Pulitzer-Prize winning author Eudora Welty, who attended The W. You'll be immersed in history and culture.

Nearby downtown has plenty to offer, with restaurants, boutiques, antique galleries, and the Rosenzweig Arts Center. Within walking distance of campus, downtown is a place to explore and enjoy.

 

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