More Grilled Cheese, Please – Grilled Cheese Invitational 2011

Boulder Canyon's Chip Tent, aka The Place to Be

Boulder Canyon's Chip Tent, aka The Place to Be

What could be better than bread, butter and cheese? Well, perhaps bread, butter, cheese, habanero salsa, sweet jam and bacon. At least that’s what our Product Manager, Tanner, decided as Executive Judge at the Grilled Cheese Invitational last weekend.

On Saturday morning Tanner drove the Boulder Canyon van to downtown LA to taste 30-40 grilled cheese sandwiches and hand out 10,000 bags of Boulder Canyon chips. How did he get so lucky? For the second year, Boulder Canyon was the official potato chip sponsor of the event – and boy, is it a fun event to sponsor!

Started by Tim Walker in 2003 as a competition between friends, the Grilled Cheese Invitational has grown into an annual event with 200 competitors this year and 30,000 grilled cheese sandwiches. As you can see, these guys have quite the sense of humor from the entertaining opening ceremony to the grilled cheese category names (including Missionary, Kama Sutra and Honey Pot).

As soon as Tanner arrived back at the office it was question time. We needed the scoop.

Best Plain Grilled Cheese (aka “Love, American Style”): “It had lots of cheese, melted perfectly. The bread wasn’t burnt, and it had the perfect amount of gooeyness.”

Could’ve-Lived-Without Grilled Cheese: “The one with stinky cheese, rabbit and onions.” Props to him for even trying it.

Tanner with the two winners who received trophies, a case of Boulder Canyon chips, t-shirts and chip clips

Most Delicious Grilled Cheese: “I gave out an award to my favorite sandwich named ‘Spicy Love Making.’ It was on a roll with a special kind of cheese – I think Gouda – with bacon, habanero salsa and sweet jelly. It was the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.” Y-U-M

Tanner’s Takeaway: “I didn’t know there were so many different grilled cheese sandwiches! I’ve always been more of a cheese, butter and bread kind of guy but now that I see how people have branched out I’m ready to get more creative in the kitchen.”

Maybe it will inspire some new chips flavors?! Habanero…Sweet onion…Spicy bacon? What do you think?