Lightly grilled slices of melted cheese, are dispersed by a robust, simple appts, suitable for domestic use or for use by customers in a restaurant. A block of cheese is placed on an e.g. Al hot-plate, (pref. coated with PTFE), temp. of which is maintained pref. at 220 degrees C, by an embedded electric element; after 20-30 secs, it is pushed forward against a fixed knife blade, so that a slice of cheese is detached, to fall through a gap onto a plate placed below. The blade is also pref. coated, and is heated by conduction from the hot-plate. The appts is rapid and easy to use, and not subject to fouling.