Held during National Grilled Cheese Month, this weekend’s annual cook-off is expected to draw nearly 300 sandwich makers and 1,700 sandwich eaters to Los Angeles State Historic Park, where would-be champions can compete in three categories: Missionary Position (a true test of grilling skill, only bread, butter and cheese are allowed); Kama Sutra (a free-for-all of savory ingredients); or Honey Pot (dessert sandwiches).
It’s all gouda to Walker. “One of the things I’m most happy to see is people considering grilled cheese as a dessert item. It’s by far the most creative category in the event,” he says. Though no one has yet mastered the grilled cheese crÃ¨me brÃ»lée, last year’s winning dessert sandwich featured rum-flavored ricotta on homemade banana bread grilled in banana-infused butter and drizzled with caramel sauce.