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FINAL FOUR: Lori Motyka of West Chicago

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  • Mediterranean Cod Portabella and Currant Caponata

       Mediterranean Cod Portabella and Currant Caponata
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Flatbread Pizza with Sardines, Chick Peas, Fennel and Golden Raisins

       Flatbread Pizza with Sardines, Chick Peas, Fennel and Golden Raisins
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comLori Motyka of West Chicago presents her dish to the judges during the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Cookoff finals, held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Wednesday.

      JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comLori Motyka of West Chicago presents her dish to the judges during the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Cookoff finals, held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Wednesday.

  • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comContestants Christine Murphy, left, and Lori Motyka wait to be introduced during the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Cookoff finals, held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Wednesday.

      JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comContestants Christine Murphy, left, and Lori Motyka wait to be introduced during the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Cookoff finals, held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Wednesday.

  • Motyka selects items from the pantry for her chicken dish during the finals.

       Motyka selects items from the pantry for her chicken dish during the finals.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comLori Motyka of West Chicago carries her dish to present to the judges during the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Cookoff finals, held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Wednesday.

      JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comLori Motyka of West Chicago carries her dish to present to the judges during the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Cookoff finals, held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Wednesday.

  • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comLori Motyka of West Chicago turns her chicken during the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Cookoff finals, held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Wednesday.

      JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comLori Motyka of West Chicago turns her chicken during the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Cookoff finals, held at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Wednesday.

 

Age: 47

Occupation: Marketing director

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Faced: Lynn Fors in Round 1 and Mike Baron in Round 2

Favorite ingredient: "Quinoa. I use it in every meal of the day" (in grain cereal in the morning, in salads and as leftovers in a weekend frittata).

Cooking style: "Extremely relaxed. Making dinner is my way to unwind and catch up with my family."

Challenge outcome: Grinding oats to coat the cod impressed several judges and adding currants to tomatoes, olives and pine nuts impressed one judge in Round 1. The sweet and savory combination of her pizza using sardines, chick peas, raisin and micro greens made her shine in Round 2.

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