Photo by Mark MauerEach team got a competitor kit (stapled shut), though they were also responsible for bringing their own ingredients, utensils and of course cheese.
Early on, one team realized they had forgotten to bring butter, yet in the spirit of cameraderie, managed to soldier on with borrowed butter.
Photo by Mark MauerDressing up is a big part of the grilled cheese competition, though one has to wonder if the people eating the sandwiches cooked by the gorilla were a little leary of corase, black hair in their food.
Photo by Mark MauerPrepping the sandwiches. Some people stacked their bread high, buttering all the peices first, while others created each sandwich one at a time....
Photo by Mark MauerA posted warning that the grilled cheese contest could potentially be infiltrated by bats.
Photo by Mark MauerThe Kraft folks grill up appetizers of grilled cheese while everyone waits for... more grilled cheese.
Photo by Mark MauerA pre-shredded combo cheese blend on big white squares of buttered bread. While it looked delicious, we found some judges trying this team's sandwich later on, and it did seem to be a bit overcooked.
Photo by Mark MauerHere's a very good looking sandwich in its final stages
Photo by Mark MauerA dollop of secret ingredient goes into the middle of one particularly bearded team's sandwich.
Photo by Mark MauerSimple, straightforward, cheddar and white bread
Photo by Mark MauerThis gentleman was grilling the cheese on its own, in the pan before later getting cut and added to the sandwich.
Photo by Mark MauerThere were no bonus points for wearing orange, but you wouldn't feel in the least bit out of place with an orange blazer today.
Photo by Mark MauerSerious grilled cheese pros.
Photo by Mark MauerEggs! Smoking jacket! Taschen books bag! Without even tasting the sandwiches ahead of time, this team was already my pick to win.
Photo by Mark MauerWhile the public voted on the winners, there were also some official judges, including the Big Cheese.
Photo by Mark MauerIndeed, his shirt does say, "World Grilled Cheese Eating Championship," which means he's on the grilled cheese "circuit" of events that cross the globe.
Photo by Mark MauerThe judges examine the prep of one team that was grilling up peppers and onions to go on their sandwiches.
Photo by Mark MauerWorking in the "Honey Pot" category, This team was making grilled cheese croissants that were then dipped in a simmering mixture of brown sugar syrup.
Photo by Mark MauerThee smells from this team were downright intoxicating. grilled herb butter, home made pesto-like sauce, and some crazy-good smelling cheese on French bread. (drool)
Photo by Mark MauerFeta and fresh balls of Mozzerella were some of the ingredients in this team's sandwiches.
Photo by Mark MauerThe judging tables: People lined up, then waited as plate after plate of samples came forward and were randomly handed ut to whoever was in front.
If you got a competition sandwich, you had to fill out the voting form.
Photo by Mark MauerVote early! Very often!
Photo by Mark MauerThe grilled cheese wedding cake - pre-frosting.
Photo by Mark MauerThe inventor of the grilled cheese wedding cake
Photo by Mark MauerHe looks happy, sure. But he said the sandwiich wasn't great. And it does look a little over-grilled.