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Yep. My new Certified Table Captain designation and about a buck fifty will get me a cup of coffee at Denny's. One isn't a superstar because of the "CTC" beside one's name. However:
I've been a judge for four years now, going into my fifth. I've avoided "captaining" until now in order to concentrate mainly on being a far better than average judge. I've paid attention. I've studied. I've thought about it. I've written articles. Hear me roar. Good judging is my personal cause, my holy grail.
Today, I took the KCBS Certified Table Captain class at Kings Mountain, NC along with about twenty other folks who just love barbeque. Yesterday I couldn't spell Table Captain and now I are one Certified, even.
What I learned: A good Table Captain keeps things moving and orderly. He or she watches things carefully and makes sure the judges do what they are supposed to do. He or she quickly refers any problems or hiccups to the Contest Rep. It's all about accuracy and quality of results. It takes a team and the Table Captain is important.
What I learned from my judge class a few years back is that my personal taste isn't as important as quality standards. What I learned from my CTC class is that good judging is improved by running a good table and making sure judges concentrate on what's important. Table Captains are a ctitical part of this in the grand design of things.
Don Harwell, KCBS VP and certified "old timer" taught the class and did a great job. It was a fun, entertaining, and educational afternoon. The $30 fee was more than well worth it. If you're a good judge, this will make you a better one. If you love "organized barbeque" then this is something to put on your bucket list. Let's cook!
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