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Grilled Cheese Invitational draws cheesy fanatics
Elina Shatkin, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dotted with crumbs and dripping with oil, the field of battle was left soiled and strewn with casualties -- cheese rinds, stale crusts, splatters of mustard -- a thousand miniature monuments to the epic struggle that had occurred Saturday afternoon at Los Angeles State Historic Park.
A total of 246 gladiators of the grill faced off at the 2009 Grilled Cheese Invitational, and in the heat of battle, a new champion was born. Heidi Gibson, a winner at a recent Grilled Cheese Invitational in Northern California, earned two prizes for Scent of a Lady, a sandwich featuring Italian Fontina, smoked Idiazabal, roasted butternut squash, bacon, prosciutto, caramelized onions and sage on pane rustica. With her previous wins, Gibson brought her trophy total to six, beating record holders Evan George and Alex Brown of Hot Knives. In her acceptance speech, Gibson revealed that she plans to open a grilled cheese restaurant and asked the crowd to suggest a name.
Other winners included Michael Davidson in Missionary Position with Grandma's Glory!; Brad Combs in Kama Sutra with Pelian's Lament (Roquefort, brie, rabbit confit, braised pear and Cointreau marmalade); and Brian Beecher and Crystal Carlsberg in Honey Pot with Cake & Mivens 2: Mivens Princes (double-cream Brie, either marzipan or mascarpone and a secret ingredient they refused to reveal).
So, do you have any grilled cheese sandwich favorites?