Yes and no. It is supposed to be judged on its own merits -- if it is a great example of its kind, it should be rewarded.
If the head cook likes "spicy", and his idea of spicy is the judge's idea of "tastebud inferno", there's going to be trouble.
The idea is to find a unique profile that agrees with many palates.
Don't practice until you get it right; practice until you can't get it wrong.
Don't overthink or undercook.
Rhythm 'n QUE