Happy to see the positive comments about judging. Plus some good insights.
Looking at the KCBS posting of results, there was 100% CBJ's. That is how it should be for a major contest.
As far as traveling, I routinely have judges from 3 states, sometimes more, come to judge our contest, so having a lot of non local judges does not surprise me at all.
The closeness of the scores is a tribute to the quality of the cooks.
I was an Ambassador at the Royal, and was all over the grounds. Saw the long distances some had to go for turn in ( 7 minute walk from the "Ox" lot). Having to judge cold/cool entries does not surprise me, but I would not like it as either a competitor or judge. With 545 teams, not everybody can be close to turn in.
Carlyle, KCBS, CBJ, Organizer ( Judge Chair)