Grilled Cheese Academy Begins Search for 2017 Grilled Cheese Champion


Sixth Annual Recipe Showdown Will Award $28,500 for Best Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

MADISON, Wis. – This spring, the Grilled Cheese Academy, proudly honoring Wisconsin Cheese, continues its culinary pursuit of grilled cheese excellence with the sixth annual Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown. Beginning March 30, all grilled cheese aficionados are invited to submit their most creative recipes featuring Wisconsin cheese.

Presented by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, The Grilled Cheese Academy is neither a cooking school nor an establishment of higher learning, but rather an institution dedicated to deliciousness. Grilled cheese deliciousness, to be exact. Though it boasts a library of more than 150 mouth-watering grilled cheese recipes made with Wisconsin cheese, the academy continues its search for the next great grilled cheese flavor through this annual contest.

The Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown runs through May 14, and entries will be judged not only on taste, but also creativity and presentation. The Gold Award winner will win $15,000 and be crowned the 2017 Grilled Cheese Champion. More than $13,500 in additional cash and bonus prizes will also be awarded throughout the competition.

Last year, 2016 Gold Award Winner Grace Gutierrez beat out over 2,000 entries with her sweet and savory All-American Grilled Cheese, which featured a combination of Wisconsin aged cheddar and mascarpone with homemade apple pie filling on churro-battered challah bread.

The Silver Award winner, The Bloody Mary, featured a combination of Wisconsin cheese curds, mozzarella and parmesan with a Bloody Mary relish of heirloom tomatoes, celery leaves and bacon on homemade parmesan-olive bread.
For hi-res images and recipes of past winners, contact, 608-241-4141. For more information about the 2017 Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown or to submit an entry visit For more information about Wisconsin cheese, visit