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In Reply to: No More Comment cards? posted by QN on August 09, 2011 at 07:49:55:
I have to be careful how I say this...I have a fiduciary responsibility in my comments here...I agree in content with what Brickman (Mark) said. I also agree with what Bill said. I have always viewed the comment cards as a learning point from a judge (CBJ). Eliminating the judging comment cards from a KCBS competition is about the same as eliminating the CBJs from the same comp. Go get the drunk guys that are hungry at the bar across the street! Results without the comment cards might be as good, if not better. What was the goal of the comment cards? Better cooks? Better scores. (I could get better scores with the guys from across the street that are hungry with no rules)
The goal, as I understand it, is that in a KCBS competition all the judges are CBJs. Trained judges, right? So if the trained judge doesn't like something in a turn in box from a team and score it a 5, how is the cook supposed to learn anything if he doesn't get a comment card from the judge that gave him the 5?
Here is a trick question...there are over 4,000 KCBS competition teams...How many are in the top 25 in the Team of the Year points chase? Do you think that those top 25 didn't learn something from someone to get to that status? (and I'm not talking about taking a class at $500) Someone along the line actually gave them some constructive response to what they had been cooking that wasn't actually all that great. It probably didn't happen by just seeing a 4 or 5 on a score sheet!
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