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Wisconsinites Invited to Participate In Second Annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship
Amateur and Professional Chefs to Compete for Prizes, Bragging Rights in Four Categories

Apr 08, 2013

MADISON, Wis. – Spatulas up! In conjunction with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), the Iowa County Area Economic Development Corporation (ICAEDC) will celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month by hosting the second annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship (WGCC) on Saturday, April 27. Amateur and professional grilled cheese makers will compete in pursuit of the perfect grilled cheese sandwich from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Iowa County Fairgrounds in Mineral Point, Wis.

The competition is divided into three divisions: Young Chefs (children ages 12-17), Amateurs (those who cook as a pastime) and Professionals (those who cook as part of their profession). Amateur and Professional competitors can enter one sandwich in up to two of the four competition categories, which include "Classic" Bread and Cheese, "Classic" Plus One Ingredient, "Classic" Plus Extras and "Classic" Dessert Sandwich. Young Chefs can enter one sandwich in the "Open" category. All entries must use real Wisconsin Cheese as the primary ingredient. All grilled cheese creations will be judged on taste, presentation and style by a panel of local judges.

Prizes will be awarded in the Amateur and Professional division for first, second and third place in each of the four categories. Amateurs will be eligible for prize packages, including cookware, tickets to exclusive cheese industry events, and WGCC-sponsor gifts, while professionals will be competing for trophies and bragging rights. Best in Show honors also will be presented to the top overall sandwich in the Amateur and Professional division. The Amateur Best of Show winner will receive a $500 prize package from the Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield, Wis., and the Professional Best of Show winner will receive a $500 Sundara Inn & Spa prize package. Young Chefs will receive trophies and gift certificates for first, second and third place in the "Open" category.

For those who prefer eating grilled cheese instead of cooking, spectators are invited to witness the battle behind the grill live. In addition to fierce competition and grilled cheese galore, attendees will enjoy live music, door prizes, beer, wine and tomato soup.

Participation costs $10 per category for Amateurs and Young Chefs and $20 per category for Professionals. The competition is limited to 40 amateurs and 20 professionals, and pre-registration is required for all competitors via Eventbrite at Although general admission tickets are free, spectators also are encouraged to pre-register using Eventbrite.

For more information including definitions, limitations on ingredients, supplies and entry kits, and detailed descriptions of various sandwich categories, please view the official rules at

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About Iowa County Area Economic Development Corporation:
Established in 2009, the Iowa County Area Economic Development Corporation is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization dedicated to business development. Its mission is to be a leader in economic development for all of Iowa County by facilitating meaningful activities that promote growth, retention and prosperity. ICAEDC serves the people and businesses of the Iowa County area by developing economic opportunities with tools, training and resources. For more information on the ICAEDC, please visit

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About Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin: Funded by Wisconsin dairy farmers, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is a non-profit organization that focuses on marketing and promoting Wisconsin’s world-class dairy products. For more information, visit our website at

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