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I have been to a couple of cooking schools sponsored by the experts. We sat, listened, took copious notes and got to try our hand at some of the techniques these guys use to win contests. That's fine as far as it goes but basically, you leave with the general feeling that they are saying "this is how I do it. Do it the same way and you'll do fine." I don't want to do fine in competition, I want to stand out and be better than fine. I think that's what you need to do to cook championship Q.

Has anyone considered doing a cook-off school whre the students bring their own equipment, meat, rubs, sauces, etc just like a real KCBS cook-off and then have a panel of experienced KCBS judges critique each cookers entry and explain why they gave each individual score they gave? I would think that this "reality show" approach would be far more beneficial.

I've cooked my first two KCBS events and, yes, I like the feedback I got in the way of raw and weighted scores but, they are just numbers. I would like to know why judge 3 gave me a 9 for taste and texture in butts and judge 4 gave me a 6.

Any thoughts?
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Oh boy, do I have thoughts!....LOL!

As far as the class, I think you are talking about a class that "4Legs Up" offers. Don't know anything about it other than what I've read.

As far as the judging part. I had a very fine cook encourage me to take the KCBS CBJ class and go judge...BUT, he warned me that I would see things that might scare me away of competing. I've judged 15 contests since last August,yes very busy, and I've seen things that would scare some faint hearted away.

Judges changing scores,"super judges" that can tell a cook how they should cook,nonCBJ's wanting my throw aways, table captains accidentlly tipping turn-in boxs. I could go on but I think you get my point.

I can tell you from my judging experience,that after about a half a dozen contests, my scoring was probably a little different then my first couple.

If you get you texture scores higher, I bet the taste scores go up. Don't know why, but it seems to work like that on most judges I've talked to after the scoring was finished.

Well, I guess you're already tired of my thoughts...LOL!

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