Archive for Northern California

2009 – The 1st 7th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational – Registration now open!

The Invitational lands in downtown Los Angeles, CA on April 25, 2009!

Doors open at 12:00pm
Competition from 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Admission Fee: $5
Competition Fee: $10

2nd Annual NorCal Regional GCI an insane success!

Hot grilling action at the 2nd Annual Norcal GCI!

San Francisco got its belly full of cheesey goodness!

1st Annual NorCal Regional Grilled Cheese Invitational

Jovino grilling up a cheese tornado.

The 1st Annual NorCal Regional Grilled took place on October 27, 2007 at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland, CA

GCI pix on Flickr



The Grilled Cheese Invitational (GCI) is the largest, craziest, and most exciting Grilled Cheese cooking contest in the country and is the best thing to happen to sliced cheese since sliced bread! The GCI promotes an almost scary pursuit of perfection in a Grilled Cheese Sammich and allows for amateur and professional chefs to compete side-by-side in the hopes of becoming a true Grilled Cheese Champion.

The event was created by Tim Walker in 2003, in an artist loft in Downtown Los Angeles as a competition between friends and since then, has grown into a national movement dedicated to perfecting the art of grilled cheese, with thousands of cheese fiends and regional competitions across the country.