2003 – The 1st Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational!

The 1st Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational was held in Theorylabs in downtown Los Angeles, CA on February 16, 2003.

Before there were trophies, before there were categories, before there was blood thirsty competition, there was the 1st Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational.  This event started as a Sunday night event amongst friends in an Artist Loft in downtown Los Angeles.

The initial email was more of a threat, a throw down amongst friends, to see who had what it takes to be a grilled cheese champion.

The competitors size each other up before the competition in 2003.
The competitors size each other up before the competition in 2003.
One of the competitors grills for the grill!
One of the competitors grills for the grill!
Tim Walker dons the Samurai outfit to explain the competition!
Tim Walker dons the Samurai outfit to explain the competition!
The results of Rebs efforts,
The results of Reb’s efforts,
A Sammich on its way to being a champion at the 2003 GCI.
A Sammich on it’s way to being a champion at the 2003 GCI.
The prophet of the 1st Church of Cheesus Crust shows the rest of us how its done.
The prophet of the 1st Church of Cheesus Crust shows the rest of us how it’s done.
Dace Schleef, one of the 2003 champions, grilling up some champion sammy.
Dave Schleef, one of the 2003 champions, grilling up some champion sammy.
There was an additional category of competition for facial hair.  Thankfully, this was the firs and last year of competitive cheese hair at the GCI.
There was an additional category of competition for facial hair. Thankfully, this was the firs and last year of competitive cheese hair at the GCI.
The unfortunate results and reason for the infamous No Flamethrowers rule
The unfortunate results and reason for the infamous “No Flamethrowers” rule
Somehow, we all knew that this wouldnt end well.
Somehow, we all knew that this wouldn’t end well.
The Flamethrower at the 2003 GCI.
The Flamethrower at the 2003 GCI.
The flamethrower in action
The flamethrower in action…
Eric Trueheart explains something to everyone!
Eric Trueheart explains something to everyone!
Filed in: Nationals, Results • Saturday, April 5th, 2003

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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.