Images: Darla Pitts wins Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale

 
 
Updated 11/12/2018 9:55 PM

Darla Pitts of Chicago won the 2018 Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.

Winner Darla Pitts of Chicago, right, celebrates with her spoon trophy and contest judge Jimmy Nicolau of Grecian Delight Foods at the conclusion of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
  Winner Darla Pitts of Chicago, right, celebrates with her spoon trophy and contest judge Jimmy Nicolau of Grecian Delight Foods at the conclusion of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Winner Darla Pitts of Chicago, right, is congratulated by fellow finalist Mark Clemens of Elgin at the conclusion of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
  Winner Darla Pitts of Chicago, right, is congratulated by fellow finalist Mark Clemens of Elgin at the conclusion of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
This was the dish created by winner Darla Pitts of Chicago at  the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Braided Gonnella bread crust was featured, as was flank steak.
  This was the dish created by winner Darla Pitts of Chicago at the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Braided Gonnella bread crust was featured, as was flank steak.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
These are the dishes created by the four finalists at the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Upper left is the dish of Oscar Chapa of Volo, upper right is that of Mark Clemens of Elgin, lower right is Darla Pitts of Chicago and lower left is Roberta Fahey of Arlington Heights.
  These are the dishes created by the four finalists at the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Upper left is the dish of Oscar Chapa of Volo, upper right is that of Mark Clemens of Elgin, lower right is Darla Pitts of Chicago and lower left is Roberta Fahey of Arlington Heights.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
From left, Oscar Chapa, Roberta Fahey, Mark Clemens and Darla Pitts, the four finalists at the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
  From left, Oscar Chapa, Roberta Fahey, Mark Clemens and Darla Pitts, the four finalists at the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Darla Pitts of Chicago cooks at  the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Braided Gonnella bread crust was featured on her winning entry , as was flank steak.
  Darla Pitts of Chicago cooks at the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Braided Gonnella bread crust was featured on her winning entry , as was flank steak.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  School District 214 students deliver food samples from guest chefs.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. School District 214 students deliver food samples from guest chefs.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  Finalist Mark Clemens of Elgin prepares his dish.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Finalist Mark Clemens of Elgin prepares his dish.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  Finalist Roberta Fahey of Arlington Heights prepares her dish.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Finalist Roberta Fahey of Arlington Heights prepares her dish.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  Finalist Oscar Chapa of Volo prepares his dish.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Finalist Oscar Chapa of Volo prepares his dish.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  Mark Clemens' dish.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Mark Clemens' dish.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  Oscar Chapa's dish.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Oscar Chapa's dish.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  Roberta Fahey's dish.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Roberta Fahey's dish.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Salad samplers provided by Ellyndale Foods.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Salad samplers provided by Ellyndale Foods.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  Desserts provided by Seasons 52.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Desserts provided by Seasons 52.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Appetizers provided by Greenridge Naturals Farm.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Appetizers provided by Greenridge Naturals Farm.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Appetizers provided by Greenridge Naturals Farm.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Appetizers provided by Greenridge Naturals Farm.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca.  Visitors crowd around the Toasty Cheese booth.
  Scenes from the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Finale Monday night at Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca. Visitors crowd around the Toasty Cheese booth.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
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