Chef Marilyn Shelby Kithuka

Welcome Chef Marilyn Shelby Kithuka, chef and owner of Gumbo Girl at 5681 Highway 18 in Jackson. We cannot wait to see what she cooks up at the 2018 Bash.

Chef Marilyn Shelby Kithuka is the chef and owner of Gumbo Girl, a small Jackson, Mississippi, area restaurant that is fast growing in popularity. Her restaurant brings to the area an award-winning gumbo (Best of Jackson), Cajun-style dishes, seafood, and more.

Chef Marilyn is a native of Jackson, where she was born and raised. She attended McLeod Elementary School, Powell Middle School, and Callaway High School. She pursued higher learning at Jackson State University, where she attained a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a Master’s degree in public relations.

Throughout her early childhood to late teens, Chef Marilyn dreamt of pursuing a career as an actress, as she always had a passion for the arts, drama, and entertainment. However, being unable to attend a school that would fulfil this dream, she turned to the next best career path as a broadcast journalism major. Life has, however, dealt her a different set of cards, as she now entertains people from a completely different place, which is her heart and soul. She utilizes her God-given talents in the culinary field to whip up delectable dishes, served in a cozy and ambient atmosphere. Teaming up with her serial entrepreneur husband, James Kithuka, they established the Gumbo Girl brand as a restaurant, opening its doors to the public in November of 2015.

Chef Marilyn is a wife and a mother to two, Aundria Alexander and Solomon-Conner Kithuka. She is also a grandmother to twins, Madasyn and Macey.

Try Chef Marilyn’s delicious dish at the Filmmaker’s “Mardi Gras” Bash on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Purchase your advance tickets: https://blackhistoryplus.com/filmmakers-bash-2018/

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