According to this month's Bullsheet - (August 2004 -page 10):
"Contest reps have been instructed to repeat the following after the CD meeting is completed: 'The entry starts as a 6, and is judged up or down according to the quality of the sample'." It also says that "5 is considered average."
One thing I didn't know that was also in the article: "Cooks are welcome to listen to the Judge's meeting and Table Captain's meeting." That's something I didn't see any of the cooks take advantage of. I would if possible.