The Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, is gearing up for the 4th annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship on Saturday, April 18.
The competition features three divisions: Young Chefs (youth aged 12-17, accompanied by an adult), Amateurs (those who cook as a pastime) and Professionals (those who cook in their profession). Amateur and Professional competitors can register for up to four sandwich categories: Classic, Classic Plus One, Classic Plus Extras and Classic Dessert. Youth competitors may only enter in the Young Chefs open sandwich category. Each competitor must use real Wisconsin cheese as their primary sandwich ingredient. A panel of judges will critique each grilled cheese creation on taste, presentation and style.
Competition entry fees are $5 per category for Amateurs and $5 for Young Chefs. Professional entries are $10 per category. Pre-registration is required for all competitors via Eventbrite.
General admission is free for all ages, and spectators are welcome to take in the event’s sights, smells and competitive culinary spirit. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample and purchase products from local food vendors and exhibitors. VIP tickets are available for $20 and include four samples of competition-level sandwiches, a cup of tomato soup, one complimentary beverage (water, milk) and an event grab bag. Pre-registration for general and VIP attendees is available via Eventbrite.
For more information about the competition, visit www.grilledcheesewisconsin.com.