Bread, butter, cheese … victory. That was the mantra of the competitors in the Fourth Second Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational (www.grilledcheeseinvitational.com) in the gritty downtown of Los Angeles. After the official “Blessing of the Cheese” ceremony and tribute to the cow, the ceremonies were completed and the competitors were sent off to grill!
Contestants entered one of three different “sammich” categories:
My personal favorite in the Missionary category was “The Leaning Tower of Cheesa” which consisted of 10 layers of bread and differing cheeses. It was so large it required a blow torch to finish the grilling process!
Judging was completed by the attendees who were intentionally limited in number by virtue of having to know someone who knew someone who knew someone who actually knew the address of the event.
When judging, the qualities reviewed were Presentation, Taste, Wessonality (Style Points) and Spaz. Spaz is basically the opposite of Best in Show — this allows those with the biggest weird factor to win in their own right without necessarily having to pass the other criteria.
The party atmosphere and attendee styles were also part of the show. Who knew that kilts, cleavage, space boots and “big, bright furry man coats” were all the rage? We also saw our share of top hats, chef or lab coats, patterns, stripes and Chinese patterns.
In summary, the entire event rated huge points for Wessonality and Spaz! Check out the web site and all the various photos to see if you agree. Then if you can meet someone who knows someone who knows about this event sometime this time next year, I would highly recommend checking it out!