First Vegan Grilled Cheese Competition Wins Over Los Angeles


Grilled cheese sandwiches are the best thing since sliced bread—that’s why the first annual Vegan Grilled Cheese Competition was such a huge success.

Congrats to the winners of today's first ever #Vegan Grilled Cheese competition at @thekindsage! The Lusty Vegan (@ayinde) took home the People's Choice while Gangster Vegan (@vinnyvegan) won Judges' Favorite. Congrats to both & we're looking forward to even more delicious food next year! #whatveganseat #vegansofig

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Presented by Eat Drink Vegan (formerly, Vegan Beer & Food Festival) and sponsored by Follow Your Heart, the competition took place at Sage Organic Vegan Bistro’s Culver City location, where 10 chefs made a version of the culinary classic and attendees ate the sammies and judged them via ballots. There were even celebrity judges to offer their opinions, such as former NFL defensive lineman David Carter, aka “The 300 Pound Vegan.”

The culinary geniuses included chefs from Café Gratitude, Spork Foods, and Sage as well as nonvegan grilled cheese experts like The Grilled Cheese Truck and Blind Barber.

The Babely Sisters of @sporkfoods – VGC called "The Big Cheese" – #vegan #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #veganaf #vegancommunity #vegangrilledcheeseevent #vgcevent #vegangrilledcheese #yum #yummy #peta #eatdrinkvegan #followyourheart #veganfoodporn #veganfood #whatveganseat

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Another awesome bonus? All the proceeds from the ticket sales benefited PETA.

Chef Ayinde Howell, author of The Lusty Vegan, won the People’s Choice Award for his Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich, and Vinny Blanco, aka “Gangster Vegan,” won Judges’ Favorite with his Philly Sweet Potato Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese.

If you missed it this year, don’t sweat it—you can make one (or all) of these 20 delicious vegan grilled cheese sandwiches to satisfy your hunger until next year.

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