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In Reply to: Let's move to a solution posted by Gremlin Grill Pat on April 09, 2013 at 11:05:18:
Add two words to scoring criteria in both Appearance and Taste: 'and originality'.
Thus, a judge must consider: For Appearance, is the box/meat presented in a new/original way (without impinging on marking rules/limitations) and in Taste (is this a flavor profile you haven't tasted before, or is done in a flavorful twist on the way you're accustomed to receiving this entry?). By adding just those two words, the 'status quo' is not marked down, but is not rewarded either. However, creativity and ingenuity (the benchmarks of a 'growing' sport/enterprise) ARE rewarded. My thoughts anyway....
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