The 1st 7th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational – Winners!



Winners for the 1st 7th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational Announced!

On April 25 2009, Over 240 competitors grilled it out  for the rights and privileges of being called a Grilled Cheese Champion.  They weathered the wind, sun, and a crowd of 5,000 and slung the cheese faster, farther and stronger than anyone ever in course of human history.

A big thank you to all that competed in the event.  You are all winners in the eyes of the Grilled Cheese Invitational.  In the end, only a few could get trophies, with the top winners receiving a free professional grade skillet from the awesome people at Kraft Singles, California State Parks, Izze Sparkling Beverages, Lagunitas Brewing, Bandit Wines and  Scanpan Cookware.


The 2009 League of Grilled Cheese Champions

The 2009 League of Grilled Cheese Champions





Place Missionary Cook Overall
1st 37 . Grandmas Glory! Michael Davidson 32.4615
2nd 127 . MyT Hoang Thao Hoang 30.8571
3rd 246 . THE ONE coleman griffin 29.7895
4th 10 . Grilled Cheese Fries David Spancer 29.0000
  Kama Sutra Cook Overall
1st 208 . Pelian’s Lament Brad Combs 32.7647
2nd 188 . Mondo Fantastico Funky Cheese Delight Dr. B 32.6875
3rd 119 . The Notting Hill Carnival Garreth Wilcock/ Kristine Seljenes 32.2857
4th 2 . scent of a lady Heidi gibson 32.1538
  Honey Pot Cook Overall
1st 88 . Cake & Mivens 2: Mivens Princes Brian Beecher/ Crystal Carlsberg 34.3158
2nd 189 . Knock Your Socks into the Laundry Room Grilled Cheese Cake Dr. B 34.0556
3rd 212 . tiramisu grilled cheese on chocolate coffee bread David McCallum 32.7647
4th 182 . “Sweet creamy finish” The Mistress and a Minion 32.0526
Filed in: Featured, Nationals, Results • Wednesday, April 29th, 2009


By A Honey Pot Competitor on April 29th, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Will the results for all the sandwiches be available on the website? I’d like to know where I placed, exactly–as would other competitors, I’m sure.

By Kristine Seljenes on April 29th, 2009 at 7:56 PM

3rd Place in Kama Sutra… Garreth’s name is spelled wrong! Should read Garreth Wilcock/ Kristine Seljenes

Will you be posting the Judges’ awards?

By Brian Beecher on April 30th, 2009 at 10:05 AM

For the record, there is a spelling error.

It’s actually:

“Cake & Mivens 2: The Mivens Princess”

Not Mivens Princes.

It’s “Princess” because one of our ingredients was a slice of princess cake.

Thanks again! Congrats to everyone!

By HONEYPOT CHAMPS on April 30th, 2009 at 10:07 AM

The PRINCESS Mivens had the highest score!!!!!!!!

Did winners need to be present to win?

So the 60 – 40 rule isn’t really a rule?

By Competed in All Three Categories on May 5th, 2009 at 4:21 PM

I hope results for all of the sammies are posted! I want to see how we fared…

By Cheesey on May 9th, 2009 at 5:23 PM

yeah ditto to the post above!! curious to check out the feedback~

Could anybody tell me what cheeses were used in Grandmas Glory? that was the most delicious grilled cheese sammich I ever tasted, and what kind of bread. My daughter and I would love to TRY and re-create that beautifull creation. Thanks.

By Barbara Black on May 11th, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Sticky,Chewey,Sticky Greetings to You!

Question 1…When will we be able to sign on for 2010?

Question 2…May we decorate the plate, such as lacy doilies under our sammies?

Finger-lickin’ Thanks…

Will we get to know what score we got even if we didn’t win?
We were shorted plate with a judge’s ballot and I am curious how we did being minus one ballot…

What about the Judge’s Awards?



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.