The Susan Lucci of Grilled Cheese

Yesterday I competed in the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship. I’ve competed in every championship since they began holding them (last year). And, both years I’ve placed 2nd in the amateur classic category. Here’s a photo of this year’s 2nd place grilled cheese:


As you can see, I went fancy by putting crispy parmesan (Sartori) wedges into the sandwich.  They look like strange wings. I attempted to encrust the sandwich in parmesan, but I’m not sure if that worked out so well. My experience encrusting things in parmesan was limited to the night before when I did a practice run at home.

Here’s a picture of me in action as my first assistant looks on with some doubt (she knows I can’t cook).


The grilled cheese that beat me was garnished with a complicated folded pickle and olive skewer. Given my intense hatred of pickles, and all the time I’ve spent denigrating them and everything about them (i.e. their gross juice), it was probably some sort of karmic payback.

Later in the day I competed in the amateur dessert category. Seeing all the garnishes in the morning, I decided to run home and put some fruit on a toothpick and to give my dessert entry a light dusting of powdered sugar.

Here’s the moment when I regretted adding powdered sugar:

Those in attendance will confirm that my second assistant (same apron as the 1st) was more of a comedic sidekick than a true “assistant”.   (Note:  Most common question was “where did your assistant get that cute apron?”  Answer:  Bobbi Jo’s, 60 High Street, Mineral Point.   They have a big selection of cute aprons.)

So, my plan next year is to win this thing. I want a trophy dang it! There’s nothing like coming in 2nd two years in a row to give you the Eye of the Tiger.

But, first I’ll need to learn how to cook.

Contributed by Lisa Hay
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11 Responses to The Susan Lucci of Grilled Cheese

  1. lucille may says:

    You did a great job. It was the entertainment ofthe day. what a great event. Hope it continues to
    come to MIneral Point.

  2. lesliedamaso says:

    Hilarious post! I wish I could have been there. Congrats Lisa. 🙂

  3. rick harris says:

    i dont see how adding powdered sugar could ruin anything. i consider it a side dish.

  4. piglet63 says:

    Loved everything about the day! Can’t wait for next year!

  5. Courtney says:

    The photos that go alongside this delightful article make it that much more entertaining. Thanks for your culinary explorations!

  6. Carole Norm Rule says:

    Thanks for sharing, Lisa…..*Blue Ribbon next year!!!! Love, Carole R.*

  7. Sue Okas says:

    Love this!!!


  8. Chris Heins says:

    Way to go ,Lisa!

  9. Janet says:

    Great job for a “non-cook” Lis!!! …Next year give me a call… I’ll boost your blue ribbon chances…. 🙂 Aunt Janet

  10. julia says:

    I saw your flashing eyes, first hand, when you spied those pickles. The moment everything changed. Next year, my friend…….next year.

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