Winner: Crab-Grilled Cheese
Restaurant: Restaurant R’evolution, New Orleans
Sandwich Creators: Chef/owners John Folse and Rick Tramonto
Inspiration: Adding some extra taste and oomph to a traditional grilled cheese sandwich.
Key Ingredients: Fresh local blue crab on brioche with grilled fontina, white Cheddar and Gruyere cheeses.
Food Cost: 29 percent
What the Judges Said: “Most times it’s best not to tinker with a good thing, especially the gooey goodness of a grilled cheese sandwich. And while the use of three cheeses adds dimension to this creation, it’s the addition of fresh crab that takes a traditional sandwich from Ford to Ferrari status. And at $16, the toll on the road leading to R’evolution may be a bit steep, but one we’ll gladly pay to ride in the fast lane.”
Grilled Cheese by chef Mike Ransom for Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen in San Francisco
Burrata Grilled Cheese by chef/owner Jesse Schenker of Recette, New York City