Meet the judges for Cook of the Week Challenge 2020

Let us introduce you to the celebrity chefs and instructors, food professionals and a former Cook of the Year judging this year's Cook of the Week Challenge.

John Engle

President and CEO, King Oscar, Inc.

John Engle is President and CEO of King Oscar, Inc., a manufacturer of brisling sardines and the top selling sardine in the United States, as well as a growing line of premium canned seafood including Norwegian brisling sardines, skinless and boneless sardines, kipper snacks, anchovies, and North Atlantic mackerel fillets. He is a 30-year veteran of the Consumer Packaged Goods industry, where he has held a variety of leadership positions with industry heavyweights such as General Mills, Schering-Plough, and Bumble Bee Foods. Engle lives in San Diego, California.

Penny Kazmier

Penny Kazmier

Winner of the 2011 Cook of the Year title

Penny Kazmier lives in South Barrington. She prepared stuffed pork tenderloin with root beer adobo glaze, sweet potato hash, and cranberry chutney to take the Cook of the Year title. She's been cooking for her husband, John, and four children for 32 years. "As a child, I remember hosting a cooking show in our kitchen for my sisters that featured a layered pudding and Jell-O dessert. I have also taught cooking classes and demos in the community," she says. What she's looking for in the winning cook? The winning contestant should be someone who loves food and can think like a scientist creating something with the right balance.

Jennifer Bucko Lamplough

Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough

Director of Nutrition Programs and Executive Chef for Northern Illinois Food Bank

Jennifer Bucko Lamplough is a co-author with Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, LDN, CDE of three American Diabetes Association Cookbooks: the award-winning, best-selling, "Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking," 1st and 2nd Editions and the "Healthy Carb Diabetes Cookbook." She also contributes recipes regularly to the American Diabetes Association's "Recipes for Healthy Living" website and e-newsletter She has a certificate in professional cooking from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Morris Graduate School of Management in Chicago. She has appeared as a guest chef on several television news programs including all of the major Chicago networks and has been a featured chef on several radio programs across the country, most notably the Living Today program on Martha Stewart Living Radio.

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