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Martha Garmon of Palatine a Cook of the Week Challenge finalist

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  • Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.comThe finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.

    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.comThe finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca on Tuesday.

  • Martha Garmon of Palatine made Chocolate Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Braised Red Cabbage and Barley for the judges as contestant in the final four live cook-off Nov. 1.

      Martha Garmon of Palatine made Chocolate Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Braised Red Cabbage and Barley for the judges as contestant in the final four live cook-off Nov. 1.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Martha Garmon of Palatine is busy cooking Nov. 1, at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.

      Martha Garmon of Palatine is busy cooking Nov. 1, at the finale for the Daily Herald 2016 Cook of the Week Challenge at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.comCook of the Week Challenge finalist Martha Garmon of Palatine.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.comCook of the Week Challenge finalist Martha Garmon of Palatine.

  • Cauliflower Crusted Tilapia with Scallion Aioli, Tumeric Cauliflower Puree and Red Quinoa.

    Cauliflower Crusted Tilapia with Scallion Aioli, Tumeric Cauliflower Puree and Red Quinoa.

  • Grilled Salmon with Soba Noodles and Eggplant Fries, with dipping sauce made with Pink Grapefruit Ginger Sparkling Sake.

    Grilled Salmon with Soba Noodles and Eggplant Fries, with dipping sauce made with Pink Grapefruit Ginger Sparkling Sake.

 

Martha Garmon was one of four finalists in the Daily Herald's Cook of the Week Challenge competing live on Nov. 1.

Age: 54

Occupation: Minister of worship and music

Interests: Garmon calls herself a recovering cookbook junkie and a "misplaced Texan" leaning toward southern flavors. She and her husband once spent a week in Italy cooking in a castle.

Faced: Alexandra Zades in Round 1 and Christina Anderson-Heller in Round 2.

Round 1 ingredients: Tilapia, scallions, cauliflower and turmeric.

Round 2 ingredients: Salmon, white miso, soba noodles and eggplant.

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