Originally Posted by carlyle
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.
As Mr Brinker said, the judges got it right. He, The Scheers and the rest of the winners are phenomenal bbq chefs. The cream rose to the top in this event...kudos to the judges.
Thank you, the other ambassadors, the volunteers, the judges and everyone who helped make this an incredible event.