Liberty chef reaches quarterfinal round of Taste of Home’s Favorite Chef competition with chance to win $25,000

Bradley Darnell

Bradley Darnell | Photo courtesy of LinkedIn

QUINCY — Bradley Darnell of Liberty is a quarterfinalist in Taste of Home’s Favorite Chef competition.

Darnell is competing for a chance to win $25,000 and be featured on Taste of Home’s magazine cover and in a two-page spread. He also would get an opportunity to cook with celebrity chef Carla Hall, who rose to fame on “Top Chef” and “The Chew.” She now has a show on HBO called “Chasing Flavor.”

Votes for Darnell can be cast at One free vote can be cast every 24 hours. Additional votes also can be purchased, ranging from $10 for 20 votes to $250 for 500 votes.  The quarterfinal round of voting ends at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 11.

Every purchased vote is a direct donation to DTCare, a 501(c)(3) charity, and is deductible for federal income tax purposes. DTCare will subsequently make a grant to the James Beard Foundation after the winner is announced.

Darnell has been a corporate executive chef for Kohl Wholesale since October 2012. A U.S. Army and Marine veteran, Darnell said in his contest bio that “as a combat vet, my therapy is serving people delicious food.”

Also from his bio on Taste of Home:

Who or what inspires you to cook? I speak through my food — a language that needs no words. With every plate, I tell a story of my love for cooking and share it with the people. 

What’s your all-time favorite dish to make? A staple in our house is a good chicken parm, fresh-made fettuccine noodles and alfredo sauce with a side of fresh-baked loaf of garlic and herb french bread. 

What would you do with the $25,000? I would donate a portion of it to local law enforcement for funds toward a canine for the department, then take my wife of 23 years on her first honeymoon that we never could experience.

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