Originally Posted by ckelly
IMHO, high remarks need not be commented on.
Anybody who's cooked in a comp more than once in his life should have a timeline, recipes or otherwise have documentation on what he did. If he does well, he'll know exactly what he did to acheive that.
Here's a situation from a GBA contest I judged recently. I had given 10's in both appearance & tenderness. I would have also given it a 10 in taste except it was submitted with sauce on the side & GBA rules require it to be judged with the sauce. Without the sauce, I would gave scored straight 10s. I wrote a comment card telling the team why I scored down in taste. After the judging was done, almost every judge at the table said they scored the entry down due to the sauce. So here was a pitmaster that got mostly 10s with a couple of 9s, who hopefully got some valuable feedback from the comment card I turned in.