Originally Posted by BBQchef33
Only thing i questioned a few times was the 'Garnish is Optional' rule. Rob says its always optional, but we were told specifically not to judge the lettuce. My questio.... was that we could turn in lettuce with brown rusty leaves, and we cannot be penalized. They agreed.
i disagreeed.... if they guy next to me has lettuce, and i dont.. I am screwed. It is human nature. one is plain and the other is purdy. So until I hear them say NO LETTUCE.. it is going in the box.
It's been optional for as long as I been a judge! No real answer about it either in my class, except you can't penalize someone if they don't have it.
But human nature being what it is, the folks with the lettuce do better.