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John Hampson of Antioch reacts to winning the cook-off at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  John Hampson of Antioch reacts to winning the cook-off at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
John Hampson of Antioch is the winner of the cook-off at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  John Hampson of Antioch is the winner of the cook-off at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Judges Brian Emmett, left and Suzy Singh get one of the dishes for judging at the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  Judges Brian Emmett, left and Suzy Singh get one of the dishes for judging at the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
John Hampson of Antioch adds salt to his pot during the cook-off finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  John Hampson of Antioch adds salt to his pot during the cook-off finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
A crowd watches the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  A crowd watches the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
The current contestants and the past contestants line up for the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  The current contestants and the past contestants line up for the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
The finalists gather their ingredients for the finale of the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  The finalists gather their ingredients for the finale of the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Paul Guerro, emcee and executive chef with Cooking Skills Academy at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  Paul Guerro, emcee and executive chef with Cooking Skills Academy at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
The finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  The finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Martha Garmon of Palatine prepares her dish for the cook-off finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  Martha Garmon of Palatine prepares her dish for the cook-off finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Students from District 214 help out at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  Students from District 214 help out at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Michael Ek of Bartlett talks about his dish with the judges at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  Michael Ek of Bartlett talks about his dish with the judges at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
The dish from Michael Ek of Bartlett sits in front of the judges during the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  The dish from Michael Ek of Bartlett sits in front of the judges during the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Finalist Teresa Fiocchi of Mundelein gets help from Melissa Moreno, right, a junior at Wheeling High School during the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  Finalist Teresa Fiocchi of Mundelein gets help from Melissa Moreno, right, a junior at Wheeling High School during the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Alexandra Goldufsky with Thermator gives out samples at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  Alexandra Goldufsky with Thermator gives out samples at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
John Hampson of Antioch makes his dish for the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  John Hampson of Antioch makes his dish for the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
The finished winning dish of John Hampson of Antioch at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  The finished winning dish of John Hampson of Antioch at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
The finished dish of Teresa Fiocchi of Mundelein for the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  The finished dish of Teresa Fiocchi of Mundelein for the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
The finished dish of Martha Garmon of Palatine at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  The finished dish of Martha Garmon of Palatine at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Winner John Hampson of Antioch, poses with the judges at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  Winner John Hampson of Antioch, poses with the judges at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
The judges taste dishes at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  The judges taste dishes at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Crystal Ramiro, left and Michele Otero, right, with Punch Bowl Social serves up some treat at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
  Crystal Ramiro, left and Michele Otero, right, with Punch Bowl Social serves up some treat at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
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