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In Reply to: BBQ Judging Complaints posted by Herb on July 28, 2011 at 22:56:18:
Thought I'd make this comparison:
I interact with a number of referees, umpires and officials in softball, baseball, soccer and basketball leagues.
The best officials are the ones who know the rules well, are fair and unbiased, leave their opinions and viewpoints at the door when they start their duties, and have a passion for the sport.
SOME of the best officials also played the sport at some point, but many of them did not. It is not a prerequisite.
Seems many of the concerns that cook teams have is that judges don't have an appreciation for the effort involved. I'm not sure judges should be awarding scores based upon their perception of the relative level of effort that went into the product, but instead they should be awarding scores based upon the results that came from that effort.
Changing the judging class procedures to put less emphasis on the detective work of trying to sleuth out red tip lettuce and more emphasis on the actual qualities of properly cooked meat will help judges more than forcing them to cook with cook teams IMO.
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