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In Reply to: It Appears To Me posted by Gordon Hubbell on May 04, 2011 at 17:38:05:
Gordon, excellent and thought-provoking article!
I have a question for you and other judges about "uniformity", stemming from this paragraph you wrote:
...."I saw some “memorable” ribs because one of the six ribs included in the box was noticeably larger than the others and might have come from a different rack (one can only speculate as to why – my guess is that the team over-sampled their best rack and got caught one shy of a full box)."
As a competition cook, I believe that this IS the thought process of many judges (the shortage may not be due to oversampling, but to the fact that the rest of the slab wasn't as good) and I do my best to place at least 6 formerly-attached ribs in a box, and more than 6 adjacent slices of brisket in there. In addition creating a better appearance, I don't want the judges thinking what you wrote.
As a judge, I DO think that, but only mark down if a break in uniformity detracts from appearance. It usually does.
Do other cooks and judges think the same way?
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