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In Reply to: Re: What would you do...What should have been done posted by George G on September 25, 2013 at 19:31:18:
You cited Rule 3 but I believe it is the below Rule 2 that is the issue. I've copied Rule 2 below for your reference.
The portion of Rule 2 that is pertinent to this discussion (I think) reads, "... Chief cooks and/or assistant cooks may only cook for their designated team at the contest they are attending."
Tending a fire, stoking a fire, adjusting intake/exhaust vents is as much a part of cooking BBQ as any other aspect.
Maintaing another team's fire without obtaining in advance the consent of the KCBS Rep for the contest would be the same as prepping/trimming/seasoning meats or preparing turn-in boxes for another team.
At a contest I was asked by a team that was not going to be able to show up until Saturday morning to start a charcoal chimney for them at 5 am. I first got the O.K. from the KCBS Rep and them took care of their charcoal chimney as requested.
I truly believe the V A S T majority of teams will help anyone at a contest, but if that help violates a KCBS rule then it is what it is, a violation.
When in doubt ask the Rep, otherwise the rules are only a wink and a nodd. The smallest rule is a rule and until changed is the rule for everyone.
Now let me clarify one thing... putting out a pit fire, notifying a team of a problem with their pit are not what Rule 2 is about. Honor the spirit of the rules, don't talk nonsense.
From 2013 Rules and Regulations on KCBS web site:
2) Each team shall consist of a chief cook and as many
assistants as the chief cook deems necessary. A team shall not
compete in more than one KCBS sanctioned contest under the
same team name, on the same date. Chief cooks and/or
assistant cooks may only cook for their designated team at the
contest they are attending.
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