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It takes dedicated, fun-loving army of cheese fiends to help put this event together.  Don’t you want to help make cheese history?  You can sign up to volunteer here!

Cabot Creamery & The GCI!


Win a Trip for 2 to the GCI!

Enter the Tillamook Cheese video contest to win a trip for 2 to the Grilled Cheese Invitational! Flex your melt-making muscles by taking your grilled cheese recipe all the way to the nationals in Los Angeles! Between April 1-14, create a Youtube video showing us how to make your one-of-a kind grilled cheese sammich. Click […]

The 2nd 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational!

4/23/2011 11:00am – 6:00pm Los Angeles Center Studios 1201 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA – America $12  tix available now!    –    $15  @ event


UPDATE – (3/7/2011) The 2nd 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational will take place on April 23, 2011 at Los Angeles Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles, CA. We are wrapping up the programing on the new registration process and hope to open registration for competitors later today. Once the registration system is ready, we will […]

The 1st 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational

4/24/2010 12:00pm – 6:00pm Los Angeles Center Studios 1201 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA – America $10  tix available now!    –    $15  @ event

Hints & Secrets to Creating a Champion Sammich!

There are many things that go into a perfect Grilled Cheese — some of them are secret and stay that way. Here are some great things you can do to win a trophy. They may work, they may not. Just read ‘em and get wise.

The GCI on KROQ: Kevin and Bean

Grilled Cheese Invitational founder Tim Walker and five-time Grilled Cheese Champions Hot Knives were guests of Kevin and Bean on 106.7 FM, KROQ, Friday morning, April 24th. Listen to the broadcast here…

Press Coverage Keeps Rolling In

The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, KNBC, KTLA, KROQ, LAWeekly, and newspapers around the country are crazy about the cheese!

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.