Originally Posted by CivilWarBBQ
This sentiment has been going around for as long as I can remember, and frankly it doesn't hold any water. What goes into preparing an entry is completely irrelevant to the judging processs. An entry is to be scored for how it performs in the three judging criteria, period.
It matters not if an entry took 100 years and a 100 billion dollars, or ten minutes and ten cents to get to the judges. Only Appearance, Taste and Texture matter by KCBS rules.
I know a number of judges who have cooked with a team as part of their Master CBJ requirement and every single one of them has said that they had no idea how much work teams put into getting that meat to the judging table. Their cooking experience has given them a better perspective and inspired them to be much more mindful of their responsibilities when judging. That's something very positive that can come from a judge cooking with a team.