1st Annual NorCal Regional Grilled Cheese Invitational

The 1st Annual NorCal Regional Grilled Cheese Invitational took place on October 27, 2007 at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland, CA and was the first regional GCI to ever take place.  The event had maxed out capacity for the venue within minutes and soon the competition was on, with over 30 competitors fighting it out for the title of Grilled Cheese Champion.

http://grilledcheeseinvitational.com/images/oak2007a.jpg

Oakland Regional Organizer Danielle Farrar accepts the officialhorse mask of victory.

Jovino grilling up a cheese tornado.

Jovino grilling up a cheese tornado.

More photographic proof of the event:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmendelson/sets/72157602726854662/

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Sammich Rank
The Missionary Category
Cook
Overall Sammich Score
1st
Queijo Grelhado Velho Liso -SUPER fresh sourdough from Hoffman’s bakery in Santa Cruz, extra sharp Tillamook cheddar, fresh Italian mozarella, Jarlsberg mild swiss & whipped danish creamery butter.
Kathasaurus & Bustin
29.80
2nd
The CBCBC (Cheese Bread Cheese Bread Cheese Grilled Cheese) – A knockout combination of Metropolis Bakery Whole Wheat, Asiago Pressato from Farmstead Cheeses & Wines, Trader Joe’s Fresh Grated Parmesan, and Brumel & Brown spread.
Polly Harrold
26.64
3rd
Shish Ka-Cheese sammich- 6 layers of bread, 5 layers of cheese, cut into 4ths and skewered on a shish ka-bob stick.
Smokey
25.50
4th
Grandma’s Grilled Gateway-to-Heaven
Michael Davidson
21.69
Sammich Rank
The Kama Sutra Category
Cook
Overall Sammich Score
1st
Oven-roasted crimini mushrooms, a blend of asiago and testuno de barolo cheeses, and home grown garlic chives on locally baked sourdough with organic butter, and lots of love!
M Bunny
26.81
2nd
Croissant with lavender infused mascarpone and chevre goat cheeses with herbs of Provence and extra lavender.
The Lascivious Pigs (Ethersmith)
26.75
3rd
7 yr old Wisconsin Cheddar, Cave-Aged Gruyere, a hot, molten center of Triple Cream Brie and Duck Prosciutto, baby!(on sliced country baguette)
Splat
25.79
4th
robin
25.67

Sammich Rank
The Honey Pot Category
Cook
Overall Sammich Score
1st
Get Down on Your Knees and Tell Me You Love Me! — A winning combination of gingersnaps, buttermilk bread, three cheeses and pumpkin butter.
Katherine Scherbel & Laura Wiles
27.67
2nd
Omaha Fred – White bread, Jack cheese, Mild Colby cheese, slices of Honey Crisp apple, Marshall’s Farm Alameda County Honey & Apricot Peppercorn Mustard
Jake Wasserman
27.47
3rd
The Grill Cream — a blend of cream, Romano and sharp cheddar cheeses with a dollop of apricot preserves on brown sugar and butter grilled cinnamon bread.
Shannon Holbrook
26.13
4th
Arlette
26.12
The Spaz Category
Cook
Spaz Score
1st Spaz
GoRILLa-misu
PinkBUHny
12.06
2nd Spaz
get down on your knees and tell me you love me
Katherine Scherbel
10.80
Runner Up (no award)
Arlette
10.75

ALL RESULTS ARE TABULATED USING A TOP-SECRET, COMPUTERIZED DATABASE THAT TABULATES AN OVERALL SCORE FOR EACH ENTRY. WE DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO GET INTO IT HERE, BUT TRUST US, IT IS FAIRLY COMPLEX AND TERRIBLY CONFUSING.

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Filed in: Northern California, Regionals, Results • Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Comments

Thank you for the Press shout-out (http://grilledcheeseinvitational.com/?page_id=18). We loved grilled cheeses and am getting ideas from the winners at the invitational!

 

GCI pix on Flickr

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About

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.