Grilled Cheese Invitational: Who had the best sandwich?
Happy Grilled Cheese Month everyone!
Did anyone else go to the Grilled Cheese Invitational in Griffith Park on Saturday April 19th?
Basically this is a grilled cheese contest where over a 100 chefs come out and compete to be the Grilled Cheese Champion. http://www.grilledcheeseinvitational.com/
I was curious who won because I had to leave for a birthday party....
Did they cut the grilled cheese wedding cake and serve it?
And did anyone try any amazing grilled cheese sammich? The best one I got was the Truffle Grilled Cheese! They even used Truffle butter..sooo yum...
I wanted a grilled cheese with short rib that the Foundry was making, but too many people were crying for it. Also was curious about the Artisan Cheese Gallery and Clementine grilled cheeses. Clementine actually has a really good site for their grilled cheese specials all this month.
pics at my blog
I was there with a couple of friends, but we left disappointed as there were WAY too many people for the amount of grilled cheese that was being made. After waiting over an hour, the three of us ended up with a quarter of a grilled cheese sandwich each.
I was underwhelmed with the sandwiches I tasted: one was from the "missionary" category, but the texture of the cheese was grainy and it wasn't spectacular. Then we had one with brie in flatbread. I don't really like brie all that much, and it was really messy. The third we had was a sweet sandwich with ricotta, raspberry and white chocolate, among other ingredients. It tasted good, but ricotta doesn't melt all that well.
We didn't stick around for the judging.
For those who were disappointed at the lack of sandwich availability, I offer some advice for next year. Come a little later. The crowd thinned out by the end of the cooking. Where it was five deep across the tables at the beginning, there were only one or two rows of folks at the end.
Add to that the fact that the later sandwiches are more creative because there are really no limits on the ingredients (this when the Foundry's chef was preparing his sandwich).
It is fun to be there in the beginning, to see the first rush of people, not unlike the running of the bulls in Pamplona, but if you are patient, take some time to relax in the sun or you time it right by coming later (6:45-7:00), you could have had your full of grilled cheese if you wanted it.