A Trio of Grilled Cheese Contests

If you are the marketing guru who came up with National Grilled Cheese Month, please identify yourself because we’d all like to give you props for designating April the cheesiest month of the year.

(Kim O'Donnel)

For those who agree with me that grilled cheese is a spiritual phenomenon, you’ve got an opportunity to show off your stuff (and spread the gospel) via three competitions around the country.

You’ve got only 24 hours to whip your sandwich into shape for the Grilled Cheese Sandwich Contest sponsored by Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro and Wine Bar in New York. Join the restaurant’s Facebook Fan page, and post your original recipe and contact info. Not on Facebook? No problem; e-mail the gooey details instead. Regardless, all entries must be received by tomorrow, April 17, at 5 ET.

The culinary stylings of 12 semi-finalists will posted on Artisanal’s Facebook page and on The Feed Bag next week, during which time the public can vote on their favorite.

Then, on April 29, six finalist-recipes will be prepared for a panel of celebrity judges including Eric Ripert and Tanya Wenman Steel, ed-in-chief at Epicurious. The winning sandwich gets a lot of gooey press and attention, some prizes, plus a guest spot on the restaurant menu.

For those who have Top Chef aspirations, you may want to consider the Grilled Cheese Invitational in Los Angeles, which sounds like a blast. The showdown of 300 grilled cheese freaks gets underway April 25; you’ve got until April 23 to enter your sandwich in one or all of the three categories: Missionary Position (classic bread, cheese and fat), Kama Sutra (add-ons and exotic ingredients) and Honey Pot (dessert theme). Rules and regs are here.
It gets better: With the price of admission ($5), spectators have an opportunity to participate in the judging process and eat copious amounts of grilled cheese.

A few weeks remain until the deadline for the grilled cheese recipe contest at the upcoming Seattle Cheese Festival. E-mail your spell-binding recipe by May 1. The winner will be featured on the menu at gourmet emporium DeLaurenti, and if the creative genius happens to be in Seattle on the weekend of May 16, he/she will be invited to demo the winning creation.

By Kim ODonnel |  April 16, 2009; 7:30 AM ET Culinary Contests
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My favorite grilled cheese is wheat bread, white land o lakes american cheese and spicy mustard. Mmmm....

The boyf puts horseradish creamy sauce on his.

I'm supposed to have a salad for lunch today Kim! What are you doing to me?!


Posted by: capecodner424 | April 16, 2009 9:04 AM

My ex boyfriend made a grilled cheese to die for. Texas toast with cheddar and monterey jack and some mozzarella, with some oregano and sometimes some pepperoni to boot. Throw it in the oven open faced until the cheese melts and then assemble the sandwich once it's out.


(Hmm, maybe I should call him? ;) )

Posted by: forget@menot.com | April 16, 2009 9:19 AM

Kim - I am unable to find your delicious spiced nuts recipe. (I recall that Union is in the name.) Would you please either re-post it or add it to your Blog Recipe Index? Thank you so much.

Posted by: AlexandriaVA1 | April 16, 2009 9:50 AM

Here's the spiced nuts recipe (From Union Square Cafe):


Posted by: archers44 | April 16, 2009 10:13 AM

capecodner424, I caused Liz Kelly to make a grilled cheese today, too!

Posted by: Kim ODonnel | April 16, 2009 11:26 AM

Rumor has it a DC GCI is in the works for this summer.


Posted by: brcmapgirl | April 16, 2009 2:42 PM

YOU are kidding! You must fill me in. I will fly back to DC for this!!!

Posted by: Kim ODonnel | April 16, 2009 2:43 PM

**Rumor has it a DC GCI is in the works for this summer.**

What is this?

Posted by: rickoshea0 | April 16, 2009 6:41 PM

They are obviously referring to the District of Columbia Grilled Cheese Institute.

Posted by: davemarks | April 17, 2009 3:17 PM

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