Grill Off: The Grilled Cheese Challenge

Ever get caught up in watching the food competition shows on the Food Network channel?  I do…so I decided to challenge my students to be innovative and creative with the basic grilled cheese sandwich in our “Grill Off Competition!”

Class Time:  2-3 Periods (43 minutes)

Class Size: 16

National Standards

  • 8.5.9  Prepare sandwiches, canapés and appetizers using safe handling and professional preparation techniques.


  • Introduce the Grill Off Challenge by going over the guide sheet (provided below).
  • To give students an idea of just how creative they could get with this challenges, I introduced them to the website dedicated to grilled cheese sandwiches; the Grilled Cheese Academy.


  • Allow cooking groups to research different flavors, cheese combinations, and ingredients and put together a unique and creative grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Students will write their recipe, figure out ingredient amounts, and create a name and description for their new grilled cheese sandwich.
  • In the meantime, I will put together a panel of teacher and staff judges to evaluate the sandwich challenge creations.
  • The winning recipe will be published in the local newspaper along with students’ picture with their new grilled cheese sandwich.



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