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Star Scrapbook: Linkie Marais

Flip through a Food Network Star finalist's scrapbook for an up-close-and-personal look at journal entries.
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The Pastry Queen

Linkie Marais, a pastry chef and cake designer originally from South Africa, was eliminated from Team Giada in Episode 6. Her lack of confidence was her own worst enemy.

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Linkie's Journal

In her Star journal, Linkie jotted down notes for each challenge and listed out recipes and dish ideas to keep in her back pocket.

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Restaurant: Impossible

The season's first challenge was a tough one: Open a restaurant from the ground up in 24 hours. Linkie's warm personality led her team to nominate her as their hostess. She also volunteered to take on dessert.

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First Challenge

Linkie and some of her teammates headed to Restaurant Depot to shop for their California-inspired menu. For her own dish, Linkie made Key lime pie. The judges weren't crazy about her use of condensed milk.

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