I have learned the hard way, even if they tell you before hand that it has to go in the box, come prepared with stuff it put it on. We did a contest a few years ago that up until the cooks meeting they were saying dessert had to go in the box. During the cooks meeting a couple of cooks talked the rep into allowing anything goes with it. We did not bring our nice plates that we normally used. We had to scamble to get what we needed to make it look good. Follow the Boy Scouts, Always Be Prepared.