The difference between Toasting and Grilling


Recently, while scroll through Facebook I came upon a conversation that stemmed from a video depicting the girlfriend telling the boyfriend “I want my sandwich toasted not grilled” and his reply was “but there is no difference and she “said yes there is a difference”. In the comment section someone said they never knew there is a difference between the two style of cooking and my reply was YES there is a difference between TOASTING and GRILLING.

To toast a slice of bread means that the bread is browned by exposure to radiant heat. This browning is the result of a Maillard reaction, altering the flavour of the bread, bagel, or English muffins as well as making it firmer so that it is easier to spread your desired toppings. In fact, toasting is a common method of making stale bread fresh again. Then, there is Melba toast, Texas toast, and French toast. In addition, to toasted nuts. Toasting is generally done in an oven call a toaster oven, or an electrical appliance with heating elements.


Grilling is a form of cooking that involves dry heat that is applied to the surface of the food, commonly from above or below. This usually involves a significant amount of direct, radiant heat that is usually used for cooking meats or vegetables quickly. Similar to a frying pan, but with raised ridges to mimic the wires of an open grill, or griddle. Direct heat grilling can expose food to temperatures often in excess of 260 °C (500 °F). The Maillard reaction only occurs when foods reach temperatures in excess of 155 °C (310 °F).  Grilling is often a healthier substitute to frying, however the fat and the juiciness of the meat can be lost by grilling.

You can grill meat and set bread on the grill plates thus toasting the bread at the same time.

Jeanette R M Marcelle, MBA BA (Hons)


About Jeanette Marcelle

Jeanette R. M Marcelle, a multitalented young entrepreneur who holds a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Anglia Ruskin University, a BA (Hons) in Human Resources Management also from Anglia Ruskin University. Also a graduated of the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute, Jeanette owns and operates her private catering company Marlene Enterprise Ltd which provides catering services for Weddings, Parties and other special occasions. Notably, she is the “angel chef” who caters hundreds of lunches on Christmas Day on behalf of a charitable organization, for persons who are in need in and around Port of Spain. Jeanette has 14 years’ of experience in the culinary industry and 7 years management experience. She also has experience in implementing HACCP procedures holding certification in Food Sanitation, Safety and Microbiology from the United States Public Health. She did her industry training as a cook-trainee at the Trinidad Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre, under the first female Executive chef to hold the reins at Hilton Trinidad. Also, a three tenure with Royal Caribbean International Luxury Cruise Line, as well as working around the Caribbean and among some of the top Chefs in Trinidad and Tobago. Jeanette was a finalist in the Angostura Masters Culinary Competition in 2008 and 2010, also, a finalist in the Nestle Maggie first ever (2014) Easter bake off competition in the dessert category. Third place winner in the innovative chocolate cuisine 2015. Her style of cooking is a fusion of French, Italian and Caribbean cuisine. Among her many and varied accomplishments Jeanette has managed two retail stores, three restaurants and has been the Human Resource Assistant at an organization where she was responsible for overseeing the human resource related matters for over eighty (80) staff members. Jeanette is currently the Human Resource Manager at one of the oldest Sports apparel company. Despite her busy schedule Jeanette always finds time for outdoor activities, she is an avid nature lover and enjoys hiking, swimming and camping. She loves traveling and has visited several countries in North America and Europe. In her quiet time Jeanette spends time reading and meditating.
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