The day has come – our celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month must draw to a close. We’ve had a great cheesy run this year with somegreatnewsandwichrecipesand interviews with a few of my favorite cheeseexperts. But before we bid farewell to grilled cheese for a while (at least a week), I have one last topic to cover…
…The Grilled Cheese Invitational! You may remember when I judged the event last year – over-cheesing aside, I was eager to return again this past weekend at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Even the weather was toasty – I downed six bottles of water throughout the afternoon! – but I had an incredible time nonetheless witnessing (and tasting!) the profuse amount of grilled cheese creativity among the amateur and professional competitors. The event is a little quirky, very cheesy and a ton of fun.
The event has grown so huge, it moved to the Rose Bowl this year.
I asked this guy how much cheese was in this enormous tub. His response: “About $300 worth!”
The cheesiest sandwich I saw that day (from the guy with the vat of cheese): grilled cheese, smothered in cheese, served with a cheese crisp on top and a side of cheese sauce for dipping.
So fun to hang out with my friend and fellow judge Laura Werlin (aka @cheezelady) again.
These ladies in cheese hats paused for a photo opp as they were rehearsing their kick line routine.
Malibu Barbie grilled cheese – there was a rum-soaked pineapple and coconut gouda inside!
Gotta love a sandwich that’s served with a side of breath mints.
These guys won TWO judges’ awards…and their entries were vegan!! Suffice it to say, we judges love our dairy – these were high compliments!
These gentlemen from The Biergarten at The Standard Hotel in downtown LA created a big pretzel grilled cheese, which I believe they called The Germanator
And, of course, there were lots of cheese-topped trophies handed out at the end of the day.
And that’s it for Grilled Cheese Month! You can look forward to some tasty (but perhaps not-so-cheesy) grilling in May. 🙂
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