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

The organizers for the 1st 7th Annual National Grilled Cheese Invitational have opened their electronic floodgates and are now accepting registration for competition in this year’s Grilled Cheese Invitational.

“The 1st 7th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational is the greatest combination of cheese, fire and bravery the world has seen since the film Superman IV” says Tim Walker, the event’s founder and organizer.  “This year we will have more cheese in one location than ever before in human history.  More cheese means a brighter tomorrow!”

Admission to the event is $5. Anyone is welcome to attend this event.

Who can judge the competition?  YOU!   Yes, anyone with a passion for the cheese is welcome to register as a judge on-site.  All judging is done using standardized ballots and a patented, computerized database that uses a comically unnecessary amount of scientifically calibrated technology to tabulate the results and determine the winners.

All competitors must register their sammich for competition NO LATER THAN Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 8:00pm.

The categories of competition will be as follows:

  • The Missionary Position: Any kind of bread, any kind of butter and any kind of cheese(or combination of cheeses) but no additional ingredients.
  • The Kama Sutra: Any kind of bread, any kind of butter, and any kind of cheese(or blend of cheeses) plus additional ingredients.
  • The Honey Pot: Any kind of bread, any kind of butter, any kind of cheese (or blend of cheeses), and any additional ingredients, but a sandwich that is sweet in flavor, or would best be served as dessert.

To register your sammich, go to:


For the winners, there will be a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place trophy awarded in each category. There will also be two Spaz awards that will be given to different sammiches that are the biggest Spazes, executive judge awards and mountains of grilled cheese for everybody!

In addition to the competition, KRAFT Singles will be on hand as the event’s title sponsor, offering up thousands of FREE grilled cheese sandwiches to the hungry masses.

Add to all this some cheese-themed poetry, comedy, cheesey  music and exhibition cheese grilling and you have one of the more unique, entertaining and delicious events ever witnessed.

Feel you’ve got what it takes to be a Grilled Cheese Champion?  Great!  Prove it!  The fee for competition is $10. All competitors must register their sammich for competition NO LATER THAN Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 8:00pmPST. To register, go to: http://www.grilledcheeseinvitational.com/2009sammich.php.

On April 25th, the molten seas of melted cheese and bits of bread will part and all that will remain will be the few, the proud, the Grilled Cheese Champions.  Only they will earn the sacred right to hold a trophy up to the angry heavens and scream  “I am a f@#king grilled cheese champion™!”

Got questions about the event?  Of course you do!  Send ‘em to hotcheeseygoodness@grilledcheeseinvitational.com.

Yours in bread, butter cheese and victory!

The Grilled Cheese Invitational

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Filed in: Nationals, News, Northern California • Monday, April 6th, 2009


By Annaka V Johnson on April 8th, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Do we RSVP to be a taster? Do we pay in advance?



Hi I tried to send an email and your email acutally doesn’t work so I wanted to leave a comment here instead. I’m interested in The Grilled Cheese festival. My by & I are planning to attend and we know that we have to pay $5 but do we pre-pay or pay when we get there at Downtown? Thank you. -Alice

Have you guys released location yet?

I’ll tell you what I know… Only competitors pre-register and pre-pay ($10). Regular attendees, whether you’re judging or not, just show up on the day of the event and pay $5 admission. Also, the location hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s outdoors in the downtown LA area.

Please keep me posted – I definitely want to attend the event.

ok all you fatsos grilled cheese is NOT that big of a deal. get a life and go to farmers market instead!

By Dilan Bub on April 22nd, 2009 at 4:42 PM

The Farmer’s Market has no farmers. Its just a glorified Slauson Swapmeet less the gangster, just slackers selling beads, t-shirts, cheapo art, etc. Grilled Cheese festival sounds better.


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.