03 May 2012

Sweet vegan sandwich wins the bronze in national grilled cheese competition

On April 28th, vegan history was made. At the 10th annual Grilled Cheese Invitational (CGI), an event that draws up to 10,000 people, an award was given to a vegan sandwich for the first time in the competition's decade-long history.

Vegan chef Gwendolyn Mathers, a first time competitor works for the non-profit Compassion Over Killing -- the organization also entered her into the competition.

What was it that brought home the third place trophy in the professional dessert category? Mathers Aurora Borealis sandwich: sourdough bread fried in Earth Balance vegan butter and maple syrup; filled with Daiya Mozzarella shreds, Tofutti cream cheese, and brandy-soaked peaches; topped with swirls made-from-scratch reductions of strawberries and blueberries. Judges had no idea the sandwich was vegan until it was announced as a winner!

This year’s competition featured two other vegan competitors: representatives from the new, vegan-friendly brewery Golden Road Pub, and chef Jenny Harrison, who took home a first place prize in the amateur dessert category.

“These awards prove that we can enjoy the same foods and flavors we’re used to, without the cruelty,” said Chef Gwendolyn. “Watch out chili cook-offs – you’re next!”

Ready to try Chef Gwendolyn’s award-winning sandwich? Find the recipe on Compassion Over Killing’s blog.

Amanda Just | Blog | Facebook
Tampa Bay, FL Amanda stopped eating meat in 1995, the moment she learned what meat was: dead animals. She was 11 years old. Her passion for vegetarianism and animals grew as she did and she eventually went vegan in 2004. Amanda blogs at Hungry Vegan Traveler, posting about vegan eats she encounters everywhere she goes, near and far. Amanda currently resides in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. She works full-time with at-risk youth and is also an active volunteer for animal and human causes.

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