My first read through the original post I did not realize that is was from '04.
As a judge, I took specific note of several items that bothered me greatly ...
1. The judge who would not taste the skin
2. The judges looking for a smoke ring
3. The "unique" presentation of the "devil with horns"
4. Marking down "spicy" food becuase the taste buds don't recover.
I saw that these issues were discussed later in the post, so I guess I'm beating a 7 year old dead horse.
This all was really very disappointing to me, and now I see why there is some animosity towards the judges from the cooks.