Behind the Grill! Restaurant Brokers Interview the Experts - May 30th, 2015
- "Behind The Grill" Pt. 1 - May 30th, 2015
- "Behind The Grill" Pt. 2 - May 30th, 2015
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Are you looking to franchise your company overseas? How do you know when you are ready? What are the challenges of international expansion versus domestic expansion and where can you get help? This week, the restaurant brokers along with CEO of Buffalo's Cafe and CEO of YoBlendz and JuiceBlendz tackle international franchising.
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Born in Evander, a town in northeastern South Africa, Linkie was raised in the kitchen, helping her mother prepare meals on a daily basis. With a lack of abundant fresh ingredients, she inherited her mother’s creativity, utilizing whatever they had available to create fresh and original meals. Described by Linkie as a melting pot, South African cuisine in-corporates influences from across the globe.
We love our meats – especially lamb – but South African cuisine is really a mix of northern African and European influences, says Linkie. We grew up eating everything from rustic curries to fine breads and cakes.
Immigrating to the U.S. in 1999, Linkie and her family settled in Tupelo, Mississippi where she began her culinary career piping cakes for a local catering company. Upon obtaining a degree in Culinary Arts and a minor in Food Arts from Mississippi University for Women, Linkie’s career took off as she held various pastry and executive chef positions in Oxford, Mississippi before making the move to Massachusetts’ acclaimed Montilio’s Bakery.
Years later, Linkie decided to venture out on her own and accepted the opportunity of a lifetime to compete on Food Network’s hit series, Next Food Network Star in 2012.
My experience on the show can only be described as crazy. Its like driving a fast car—fun but unpredictable. It forced me to push my limits and take my creativity to a new level.
After discovering her love for grilling during a Big Green Egg competition, Linkie’s pas-sion for grilling began to take her career in a new and exciting direction. It’s clear that her meat-filled and resourceful South African culinary upbringing has had a tremendous im-pact on her cooking flair, as Linkie is considered the best among the few females who have mastered the art of grilling.
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