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In Reply to: Professional BBQ Judges? posted by Ray Basso on April 04, 2011 at 14:47:37:
Ray, I do understand where you are coming from - but when I received my judge certification over 10 years ago I felt like our instructor spent way too much time trying to "fool" us with putting foreign objects in the containers, such as candy corn, instead of teaching from a positive position. We needed more of what to look for and pointers on judging a "good" entry than trying to find things wrong with the entry. A lot of the people in the class enjoyed the crazy things that were done. I felt it was a big waste of time and learned very little at the class. There were 40 plus in that class.
I have sat thru other classes since that time and there are bad & good instructors, but even the good instructors spent too much time on trying to fool the class on the presentation - using pieces of alum foil, candy corn, etc.
Maybe all the Instructors need to go to the same class and refresh them on how to teach the correct way to judge instead of trying to see if the class was catching mistakes in the appearance of the entry.
Positive teaching would make better qualified judges.
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