It’s back!  The “gratest” Cheese toastie challenge is on from the 26th June – 26th July and you Cheddar believe it’s going to Brie amazing.



Winners of the Meyer Cheese Melt Challenge 2020

Overall Winner

Cinnamon Café
Sandwich Rd, St Andrews with - Grind it up Pierre

Ground beef, onion, cheese and their own secret sauce, served with French fries and hollandaise.

The Cinnamon team were presented with their prize by surprise when Stu & Camille from The Breeze Waikato arrived one Tuesday morning.  

In its second year the Meyer Cheese Melt Challenge had twice as many entries and went for twice as long in 2020.  This saw a whopping 269kg of local cheese consumed.  Award winning local cheese makers, Meyer Cheese were sponsors of the challenge in its debut in 2019 and were quick to come back on board for 2020.  Miel Meyer admits a grilled cheese toasties has been “my favourite food since forever.” “So, when the concept of ‘Melt’ was launched by WFI we jumped at the chance to support it. This is us! Good soul warming food.” And Miel took the job as sponsor seriously, trying over half of the entries.

People's Choice Winner

Punnet Eatery, Newells Rd, Tamahere with - Black Beauty

Rich black pudding, dry cured bacon, Clevedon buffalo curd, NZ black truffle and Meyer goat gouda.

Just under 30 eateries from around the Waikato have, for the past month, been heating up their grills and melting the hearts of locals with the ultimate comfort food – the cheese toastie.

Over 950 votes were cast as the public enjoyed everything from the classics, like Red Kitchen in Te Awamutu’s Croque Monsieur or Furnace’s Philly Steak sandwich to the likes of Cucina Café entry, a lasagne.

Andrew Clarke at Camarosa went all out with a Croque Lobster – a lobster tail in golden toasted Volare brioche with melting Clevedon buffalo mozzarella and a Meyer garlic and chive Gouda mornay, poached egg, crayfish oil, crispy Vandy bacon crumbs and spicy kimchee.

While Mr Pickles turned a toastie into the perfect bar snack selling over 1800 of their Cubano Slider.

With the votes counted the finalists were determined and then mystery judged before a grand winner was determined.|

This year the judges were won over by Cinnamon Cafes “Grind it up Pierre.”

They noted it was a beautifully executed classic combination.The French classic frit au steak ‘hache’ turned into toastie form proved to be a huge hit with hundred of comments from voters like these:

“Loved the beef and onion combination! And it was cooked to perfection”

“Very tasty, amazing presentation, good portion size and at a great price”“Soooooo tasty and cheesy.”

“Taste and flavour was amazing, well presented.”

“The deliciousness of it all, mmmmmmm mince and cheese”“Delicious!  Lovely combination.”

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Here are the competing 2020 Melt Challenge Eateries