When is the melty gooey grilled cheese not comfort food?
When it’s a mountain of cholesterol and carbohydrates and calories.
I happened to catch Adam Richman of television’s “Man v. Food” last night. His mission: the Melt Challenge at the Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland, Ohio.
This baby features 13 different cheeses tipping the scale at over 3 pounds on three slices of grilled bread.
Oh, and a side of fries and coleslaw. As if that matters.
More than 5 pounds of food in all. For the challenge, there’s no time limit and no trips to the restroom permitted.
With a strategy of cheese first, then bread, Adam managed to get the goliath down the gullet in 1-1/2 hours, noting that melted warm gooey cheese is dreamy until it cools into hardened havarti in the tummy.
To the infrequent victor — around 55 have tried, nine have succeeded — goes a T-shirt or pint glass, a gift card and a star on Melt’s online Hall of Fame.
I adore grilled cheeses but I’m stickin’ to the humble peasant two pieces of buttered grilled bread and a few slices of cheese. Call me a kid at heart. Or a wimp.