One small thing - make sure that you find out which sanctioning body you're going to be cooking in. There's a world of difference between KCBS chicken and some other association's chicken. Putting the wrong one in the box will be a disaster
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Possibly the only judge ever to get an award from a bunch of cooks
UDS 075 UCB WSM and a bunch of other stuff.
The above post is only my opinion - mine & mine alone.