The Largest National Cooking Contest Dedicated To Perfecting The Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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The Largest National Cooking Contest Dedicated To Perfecting The Grilled Cheese Sandwich

As school heads back into session around the US and fall makes its return, thoughts of Grilled Cheese Sandwiches melt their way into my heart. Cheese always brings me happy thoughts!

Besides the fact that I don’t need grilled cheese sandwiches as an excuse to each cheese. I can eat cheese 24 -7 bread or no bread, cracker or no cracker, it can ride solo on my taste buds any day. The truth is there is nothing like a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold day to make your tummy feel warm and content…

America’s ooey gooey classic comfort food. (Zach Behrens/LAist)

The Sandwich Stands alone but not for long…It can be eaten without you even remembering you finished it. Until you look down at the plate and there remains but a few crumbs to remind you. Hmmm taste like more…

I decided to search for some creative ideas and started my journey into gooey heaven. As always it’s never easy to remember how I got to this site but I found it and wanted to share it!

The Largest National Cooking Contest Dedicated To Perfecting The Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The Grilled Cheese Invitational

That’s right you’re not seeing things an actual event does exist and has since it was created by Tim Walker in 2003, in an artists loft in Downtown Los Angeles as competition between two buddies and has grown into a national movement! 

The contest allows amateurs and professional chefs to compete side-by-side in the hopes of becoming the new Grilled Cheese Champion.

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Regional – National- Yes This Has Caught On In A BIG Way…

 Annual Austin Regional Grilled Cheese Invitational (The Curds of March) was held at the Austin Moose Lodge. Even though the entire city was caught up in the craziness of SXSW (a major concert series that introduces up an and coming musicians) held  over 500 cheese fiends descended on the Moose lodge to get some cheesey goodness.

Annual North California Regional Grilled took place at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland, CA

 

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For competition, each competitor will receive a GCI competition kit that will contain the following:

  • Skillet
  • Spatula
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Safe Food Handling Information Sheet
  • Official Sammichplates w/votes attached
  • Rules sheet

There is some serious Grilled Cheese going on here…As well as some heavy hitting sponsors!

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The Largest National Cooking Contest Dedicated To Perfecting The Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I don’t know about you but I’m gonna go fix me a grilled cheese sandwich-let’s see I have cheddar, pepper jack, blue cheese and cream cheese in my fridge.

Maybe I’ll just have to create something that I can enter in the 2015 Invitational. Ya never know I got some time to perfect my very own gooey delight…Maybe I’ll see you there! I have some family in Cali as long as I’m cooking I’m sure they won’t mind putting me up for a few days. 

A Grilled Cheese Vacation-Not a bad idea…

Click on the sandwich and head over to the site and see what’s oozing out… 

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