The 11th Annual GCI on 4/20/13!

We are happy to announce that the 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational returns for a triumphant “once more, unto the breach” attack of all things cheesy in our original stomping grounds at Los Angeles Center Studios on 4/20 from 11am to 6pm.

The 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational is happening on April 20th, 2013 at Los Angeles Center Studios in downtown Los Angeles and will be the biggest, cheesiest, MOST imperial delight to ever land on the toasted, melted shores of Los Angeles.

NOWHERE will you find more hot cheesy goodness than at the GCI, with vendors such as The Grilled Cheese Truck, Heywood Grilled Cheese, The Counter, Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese, The Oaks Gourmet, Melt It, Elbows Mac & Cheese, Cheesy Amigos, Dogtown Dogs, and many more, you’ll be able to pack your belly to bursting with hot cheesy goodness!


Plus, there’s music!  The infamous RICHARD CHEESE AND LOUNGE AGAINST THE MACHINE will be playing the GCI at 12:30pm!  ALL THIS CHEESE will definitely turn it up to 11!


There’s cooking demos, costume contestspoetry contestscheese calling contests, music, food, beer, glory, glory and MORE glory!

What? You haven’t bought tickets yet! Well not to worry.

Tickets are on sale now! Even though we have reached capacity for official judges for 2013, don’t you worry because you can still vote in the People’s Choice awards by purchasing as many hot and fresh grilled cheese from our vendors that space and time will allow.

Our Sponsors are totally the best people EVER!

The 11th Annual GCI is presented by The Grilled Cheese Truck, the most followed food truck in the world and creator of the infamous “Cheesy Mac & Rib,” a powerhouse sandwich with Sharp Cheddar Cheese, House-smoked BBQ Pork, Southern-style Macaroni & Cheese and Caramelized Onions on French Bread.  At the event, you can participate in their “MotherLoaded Eating contest, which takes place at 4:20pm. Enter the contest here!

Our exclusive cheese sponsor, CABOT CREAMERY, has teamed up with our bread sponsor La Brea Bakery and will be providing samples of grilled cheese made from award-winning cheddar and other delicious cheeses.  We also have free samples from Boulder Canyon potato chipsKruegermann Pickles and Jarritos soda pops!

Visit the fundraiser Beer Garden curated courtesy of Beer Belly to get tastes from New Belgium BrewingLagunitas BrewingSierra Nevada and more. Proceeds from the beer garden benefit the Rotary Club of Los Angeles.

We’ve pulled out all the stops for this year and it’ll be one for the record books. On 4/20, there’s only one place to be and that’s at the 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational!

Filed in: Featured • Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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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.