Originally Posted by DFLittle
A little side note: you do NOT have to garnish! However, I think you'd be signing your team's death warrant at a KCBS cook off.
I agree totally. However, in the KCBS judging class I took we were told that we were not to take points off if there was no garnish. We are to judge by appearance only. If it looks good - give a good score.
The judging for appearance takes about 15 seconds per submission. It's got to catch the judges eye IMMEDIATELY or forget about it.
IMHO, the garnish really serves two points. One, it looks pretty and properly done, accents the meat perfectly. Two, it helps holds the meat in place in the box.
Just make absolutely sure that what you are using for garnish is allowed at that competition.