At Smart Kitchen we were very excited to get back in competitive action at the Grilled Cheese Throwdown in Scottsdale on March 6, 2011.
Our entry was a Deconstructed Grilled Cheese Sandwich, served open-faced with thyme infused gruyere cheese and garnished with a fine julienne of tomatoes and prosciutto over which were drizzled micro-greens, white truffle oil and Hawaiian smoked sea salt. We got some raves and have the recipe for the Smart Kitchen Grilled Cheese Sandwich up at Smart Kitchen.com. We did not win the contest, though we hear we did get two nice scores from two of the three judges. Apparently, one of the judges was not as ecstatic about our entry and that sank us.
To see the crowning of the victor, Sean Currid of Cafe Zuzu watch the video. We could swear we saw some well-earned tears of joy on his face.
We want to thank Susie Timm of Girl Meats Fork (second from right) for organizing the event. We also want to salute Sean Currid of Cafe Zuzu on his impressive Cheese Crown, and congratulate the other worthy contestants.
5th & Wine’s Steve Butler took second place.
Executive Chef Chad Burnett from Parc Central at the Scottsdale Quarter earned third place.
Graeme Blair from the Brittlebush Bar & Grill at the Kierland Golf Club won the People’s Choice Award.
Matthew Rizzo from Humble Pie rounded out the competition and did an admirable job single-handing his station.
We hope to see you at the next one.
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