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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.

1st 7th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational: Where and When and How and Why

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 Los Angeles State Historic Park (AKA: “The Cornfield”) Downtown Los Angeles 12pm to 6pm

Competitor Registration

Registration is now open for the 1st 7th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational! Enter your sammich for competition here.


The official rules and regulations for competing in the Grilled Cheese Invitational.
Read ‘em. Learn ‘em. Live ‘em.

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

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.