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Unread 09-30-2009, 04:09 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I have an opportunity to attend one of his classes being held here locally. Have any of you been? What did you think? In your opinion, is it worth the $250 fee?

Thank you for your help!
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Nope. Price too high.
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What are you hoping to get out of it?
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What are you hoping to get out of it?
Spending a day with Paul Kirk is like getting 20 years of knowledge available in one day.
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No way! That is way too much. Now if it were $50 maybe.
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Spending a day with Paul Kirk is like getting 20 years of knowledge available in one day.
Is that good, or bad? Good that you get so much knowledge in one day, or bad that you couldn't possibly get 20 years in one day?
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I took his class this past spring. A price cant really be put on hands on learning. You will get out of the class what you put into it. Ask questions, listen, and learn. I still find myself reflecting back on the class. In fact, I may take it again.
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You could buy a LOT of BBQ cookbooks for that kind of money.
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After reading one of his cookbooks I would happily pay the fee. Wish he'd come to New England.
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You missed it. He taught a class in Elliot Me. in August, then judged at the Maine State BBQ competition. I spoke with some of the folks that took the class, and they thought it was well worth it.
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Don't doubt his knowledge. But seems a little pricey to me.
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I took Paul's class a few years ago...he's old school all the way baby! I consider his class priceless and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

He's been there done that and got all the t-shirts! If you can afford the $ then I'd say yes...definitely...if not...at least you can buy his book.
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Thanks guys. I knew I could get some good feedback from my bro's.

It is a lot of money no doubt, but I think it could go a long ways toward shortening the learning curve that I am experiencing now.

If I decide to do it, I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks again everybody. You guys are amazing!!!!
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I took his class a few years ago.

It may have been an off day, but he basicly sat on his ass and regurgitated chit from his book. He never even walked around to the cook sites to talk to the students individually.

At the end of the day, I thought, "is that it?"

Take a class from a guy who has won some comps this decade...
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I agree with JD. Its worth it if price is no object, but that is a heavy price. We paid $100 this summer. Loved every second of the class, and took home two ribbons!

The PNWBA had Willingham for a price like that this summer. I missed out on that one, but its hard to quantify the loss, as there could be when all of it comes together for you...
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