There is no way that you could tell that this was a first year contest! Everything from communications with the judges to ice for the teams was abso-farkin'-lutely top notch. At almost every first time comp you get that "Oh crap, we forgot to do this, that or the other". Not here - everything just seemed to flow along smoooooothly.
I got there Wednesday to sit in on Bunny's CBJ class and Rich's TC class on Thursday. Both were very well run and informative. If you get a chance to catch one of their classes grab it - it's well worth your time.
CBJ # 22569
KCBS BoD Judges' Advocate
Member of the 100 Contest Club
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.