Cooking competition returns to O’Hare

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CHICAGO -- A table of ingredients and a creative mind are all the contenders get as they channel their inner chefs for O'Hare’s second annual live cooking competition.

Five contestants from all around the U.S. -- Texas, Connecticut, California and, of course, Chicago -- faced a packed house -- and a relenting clock to take home bragging rights and some serious prizes.

In 30 minutes each chef must come up with a dish balanced with a protein, starch and a veggie -- and use one herb from the O'Hare urban garden.

They chop, stir and sizzle under the critical eye of the judges, airport officials, 23rd Ward Alderman Michael Zalewski and this very lucky reporter.

Contestants are judged in six categories including showmanship, presentation and taste.

The winner: a mother of two from Dallas who spends lots of time cooking for family.

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