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Meet our 16 Cook of the Week Challenge contestants

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Dr. Karen Grobman of Buffalo Grove hold some of her favorite cook books. Grobman is one of 16 contestants in the Cook of the Week Challenge.

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Judy Monaco of Glendale Heights is competing in her second Challenge. She was a contestant in 2011.

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Elliott Papineau of Glen Ellyn counts salt as one of his favorite ingredients. Papineau is part of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge.

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Olive oil is liquid gold to Nick Brenkus of West Dundee, one of the Cook of the Week Challenge contestants.

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Nancy Smearman of Palatine is one of 16 contestants in the Cook of the Week Challenge. She looks to "Semi-Homemade" chef Sandra Lee's cook books for recipes and tips.

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Carrie Shawala of Roselle is one of 16 contestants in the Cook of the Week Challenge. Panko bread crumbs are a favorite ingredient.

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Carrie McCulley says her favorite ingredient is brown sugar. She's one of 16 contestants in the Cook of the Week Challenge.

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Lori Wiktorek of Aurora is one of 16 contestants who will compete in the Daily Herald's third annual Cook of the Week Challenge. Olive oil is her favorite ingredient.

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Cook of the Week Challenge competitor Dan Rich, of Elgin, counts fresh vegetables from his garden as his favorite ingredient.

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Cook of the Week Challenge competitor Mike Baron, of South Elgin, with basil he grows in his backyard.

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Lynn Fors is one of 16 contestants in the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge. The Batavia woman says her favorite ingredient is avocados.

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Lori Motyka of West Chicago loves quinoa for breakfast, lunch or dinner. She's one of 16 home cooks in the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge.

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Cook of the Week Challenge contestant Jeff Zilch of Fox River Grove loves meat.

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Jeff Zilch of Fox River Grove loves to cook with meat, any kind of meat.

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Christine Murphy of Palatine with her favorite ingredient, ginger.

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Kevin Kilgore of Prospect Heights is one of 16 contestants who will compete in the Daily Herald's third annual Cook of the Week Challenge. Kilgore says a favorite ingredient is tomatoes from garden.

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Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Tina Garrett of DesPlaines in her kitchen with her daughter Lillian,7, chopping up mushrooms for her next food dish.

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Cook of the Week Tina Garrett with her favorite ingredient to cook with and use in her food dishes, Goose Island Oktoberfest beer.

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Meet the 16 contestants who will compete in the Daily Herald's third annual Cook of the Week Challenge.
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