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Grilled Cheese Invitational judge Claudia Peschiutta loves cheese




KNX reporter and grilled cheese judge Claudia Peschiutta in the dairy aisle at Fresh n' Easy on Lake Ave.
KNX reporter and grilled cheese judge Claudia Peschiutta in the dairy aisle at Fresh n' Easy on Lake Ave.

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By day, she reports the news for KNX. But on Saturday, April 28, she'll be a judge at the tenth annual Grilled Cheese Invitational at the Rose Bowl, at which chefs will try to combine cheese and bread in ways that will win Claudia Peschiutta's heart and palate.

"I'm going to be looking for a crunchy bread, gooey cheese, and I will award points for creativity. I mean, if anyone can set a sandwich on fire in front of me, chances are they're going to get my vote."

How is she preparing? "How does one prepare for an event like this?" she ponders, an event her whole life has been leading up to. Her subtle strategy: "I may try to not eat a lot in the days leading up to to the Invitational so I can eat as much as possible when I'm there."