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Re: Professional BBQ Judges? (this one is long)

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Posted by Steve in Denver on April 04, 2011 at 20:45:39:

In Reply to: Re: Professional BBQ Judges? posted by Piercy/ApexBBQ on April 04, 2011 at 19:20:33:

I couldn't agree more. I have been a proponent of that theory for a long time. To be a Certified Master Judge you have to provide documentation that you have "cooked with a team". That could be between your 29th and 30th competition. I strongly agree that it should be before any judge judges his second event. (or even first)

KCBS makes money and adds to it's membership numbers from Certified Judges classes. That's not a secret. 14,000 members is impressive. They lose about as many every year as they gain. Why? Judges lose interest quicker than the comp teams. Comp teams have a goal, a dedication and a financial interest in what they do. Judges get a free lunch on a given Saturday. Motivation is the part that is missing with the run of the mill CBJ. (I'm not saying that there are not serious judges out there, that have been good judges for a long time) They (new judges) get a one year subscription to the BullSheet, and a plastic badge with their name on it. They can show their neighbors the newly acquired know where that one goes.

Teams have a set of rules they are required to abide by. Judges have to listen to a CD and say the "Oath" before they get to judge, and watch out for foil, lettuce cores, and toothpicks. It's not the same.

Judges are not allowed to talk during judging. Why? Who came up with that rule? New judges learn from experienced judges. Well, a judge not being able to learn doesn't help a team in scores if the score cards have already been turned into the contest Rep for entry into the computer. Judges can talk after the score cards have been turned in. Whoopee! I would like to see an open conversation between all the judges about every entry. Point out the good, the bad and the ugly. Then write down your scores.

If judges were allowed to talk, then the Table Captain would become the moderator, and the controller of the conversation, rather than just the person who passes out the boxes and collects the score cards. That would place some serious emphasis on the position of Table Captain, which is currently missing.

If I am going to be judged by six judges, I want a consensus of the six judges opinion, not two off the wall votes from rookie, hungry, non-CBJs, that take me out of contention for any place in the top 10 and a paycheck.

These are my personal opinions and not affiliated with any group that may be perceived that I represent.

Steve Marrs
Denver Cajun BBQ Krewe
KCBS # 9592
CBJ # 4142

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