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In Reply to: BBQ Judging Complaints posted by Herb on July 28, 2011 at 22:56:18:
I think the need for continuing education for CBJ should be mandatory, I have been in the volunteer and paid fire service for 12 years and every year we are required so many training hours to keep our certification to be able to continue to fight fire. So why can't the KCBS develop a online re-certification program every year and require the CBJ to re-certify with the online program.
I think one of my biggest complaints with the judging process is the inconsistent info that you get from a CBJ when you speak with them about how they go about judging the food. I would dare to say that if you polled 8 out of 10 CBJ that you would get three different answers for the same question about how they judge the product.
I spoke with a Master CBJ at a comp. last month in NC and she was telling me that when she first started judging comps that they were to have in there mind before the box was even open for judging that the box was scored with all 9's at that point when the box is open judge the product that is before you down from a average 9 or if they fill it deserves 9 leave it at that. They were told at this KCBS comp. to start with a average of 6 and judge from there. Why now would you start changing the avg. that you were using and why the number 6 as a avg. This might have just been this comp. but in three years I have never had a appearance score below a 7 until then and I had two 6's and the rest 8's and 9's that tells me someone missed the boat on there training and needs to be reeducated on the judging process...
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