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In Reply to: Re: Judging Misconduct posted by Butcher Boy on December 15, 2011 at 21:40:41:
Not to sound hard hearted or anything but it has never bothered me a whole bunch if someone feels they didn't get the score "they" thought they should've. If they want the scores they think they should have then maybe they should cook and then judge their own and present themselves with their trophy.
I do take some offense when comments are made about judges being "freeloaders" and people just looking for a free meal or "seagulls" or whatever term is now the insult of choice. Are there some who think this way? Sure, I've seen a few. Just as I've seen cooks who's major concern is how good a party (not competition) it is, or how much booze they can consume before showing their arse and falling into the fire. How well they cook is a far second.
Blame is easy to toss around, and really easy to heap upon people who can't or won't fight back. It soothes the hurt feelings that come from a low score, although while it makes you feel better at the time it does nothing but hurt the people who've freely given of their time,taste buds and stomach's in the name of bbq.
Hey I know how to fix all this, the nibble gate, take-out gate, taste-gate issues. Here's what we do, make all events 2 day comps. Take the teams and split them in half, the first half cooks the first day, and the second half judges. The second day reverse it where the second group cook and the first judges. That way they could just totally blame themselves for every perceived slight.
See, problem solved.
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