History of the Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown

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by Wisconsin Cheese

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The 2014 Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown is bigger than ever! For the contest’s third year, we made some changes, including:

  • The Grilled Cheese Academy website has been refreshed with a new design to make searching for your favorite grilled cheese recipes easier. Take a look: www.GrilledCheeseAcademy.com.
  • In the sandwich gallery you will find thirty-two brand new grilled cheese recipes that have been added for even more grilled cheese inspiration.
  • This year’s prizes are bigger and better – a total of six cash prizes will be awarded, with the best of show grilled cheese recipe awarded $10,000.
  • During the entry period, April 1 – May 12, there will be additional giveaways held at the Grilled Cheese Academy Facebook page and in the Wisconsin Cheese Talk Instagram giving you more chances to win!

To celebrate the third showdown, let’s take a look back at what happened in the 2012 and 2013 contests.

Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Contest

In 2012, The Bewitching by Ally Phillips from South Carolina was crowned the champion. The colorful sandwich included fresh blackberries, peppery greens, fried bacon and luscious Wisconsin gouda and provolone cheeses.

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The two silver winners were The Low Country by Stephanie Bright – featuring shrimp, kielbasa, corn and Wisconsin gruyère – and The State Fair by Liz Delia – featuring Granny Smith apple slices, pulled pork, caramel sauce and Wisconsin cheddar.

And in 2013, the Golden Skillet Award went to The Kennebunkport by Veronica Callaghan. This creamy creation uses fresh chunks of lobster and chile-infused butter with Wisconsin mascarpone and provolone to create a flavor combo like no other.

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In a close second came The Ranchero by Malcom Bedell – a spicy Mexican-style sandwich with chorizo and Wisconsin pepper jack – and The Hotlanta by Shannon Kohn – a unique blend of spicy maple-glazed peaches, jalapeños and chicken tenders with Wisconsin pepper jack and smoked gouda between slices of sourdough “waffles.”

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You can download all of the past winning recipes in the free 2012 and 2013 recipe books at GrilledCheeseAcademy.com.

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