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In Reply to: Impractical proposition posted by CivilWarBBQ on July 23, 2011 at 16:29:03:
I voted that they should. My reasoning is that judges should see what goes into creating the end product as it may answer some questions as to why things are one way or the other.
We all know (or should if we've half a brain) that the teams work hard and spend serious $$$ to do what they do but if you're not a cook at home or have never smoked meat or don't know a spatula from a putty knife spending time with a team gives perspective. I live with 2 people who've gone thru culinary school and while they understood the concepts and such beforehand they didn't really understand it until we spent a lot of time around teams. Until you really work with the process all you've got is concept and when dealing with thousands of $$$$ and some peoples livelyhoods that ain't good enough in my opinion.
I don't think it'd kill the CBJ population as bad as you might think. People that are serious will do what's required, I would in a heartbeat. It makes that CBJ title even more prestigious knowing you actually had to work for it.
So that begs the question "do you want people who are not committed or "serious" judging your product?
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