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Cheese Lovers to Participate in 3rd Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship

Feb 13, 2014

Amateur, Professional Chefs Will Compete in Four Categories

MADISON, Wis. (February 12, 2014) – Spatulas up! The Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), will celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month by hosting the third annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship on Sunday, April 27. Amateur and professional grilled cheese cooks will compete for the winning title from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ley Pavilion at Harris Park in Dodgeville, Wis.

The competition features 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 a maximum of two of the four competition categories, which are “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 for first, second and third place in each category.

General admission is free for all ages, and spectators are invited to watch the battle behind the grill live. In addition to the fierce competition, attendees will enjoy samples from multiple food vendors and exhibitors. For spectators interested in sampling the competition sandwiches, a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $10 per person. New to the championship this year are a beer and wine garden featuring locally produced beverages and a sandwich construction station for children.

Participation costs $5 per category for Amateurs and Young Chefs and $10 per category for Professionals. Pre-registration is required for all competitors via Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wisconsin-grilled-cheese-championship-tickets-9927583670.

Although general admission tickets are free, spectators also are encouraged to pre-register using Eventbrite. VIP tickets are available for purchase via Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wisconsin-grilled-cheese-championship-tickets-9927583670.

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 www.grilledcheesewisconsin.com.

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The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board is a nonprofit organization of dairy producers that promotes the consumption of milk, cheese and other dairy products made in America’s Dairyland.

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