I have competed for several years now. Although I know the importance of garnish in a KCBS contest, I find it funny that in other culinary competitions garnish is supposed to be FUNCTIONAL. Or in other words, bring something to the party from a taste standpoint. You should be able to eat the garnish and it enhances the dish. But for some reason in KCBS contests garnish is nothing more than a picture frame. Dont understand it but we all do it and spend a LOT of time on it.
Just my $.02
Clint Eastin The Muddy River Boys