First of all, I started out helping a buddy of mine cook on a team back in 2006 for around 5 or 6 contests. I've since cooked with two other teams (one time each) and I've become a KCBS Master CBJ, having judged over 60 comps in 5 BBQ seasons.
I'm not a Rep or a contest organizer, I don't write books or put on cooking classes - I'm just a guy who loves BBQ and wants to help KCBS to become a better organization.
I'm a judge who has a desire to get the judges and cooks to know each other.
I'm one of the very few judges that I ever see on Friday evening or staying for the awards and I want to see more of us there.
I'm a guy who has introduced at least 6 CBJs to teams so that they can get their Masters badge. I'm a guy who wonders why none of these folks knew a cook & what can we do to solve this.
I'm sure that if a judge gets to know a few cooks that judge will want to see his/her new friends get a call at the awards - it gives me a thrill to watch it happen! At the American Royal this year I spent a lot of time visiting with a lot of my friends, two of which (Tippycanoe and R Butts R Smokin') took the Grand and Reserve in the Invitational! Let me tell you it was great seeing FRIENDS get the top calls! I'd like to see a whole bunch more CBJs get to know these cooks and find out that they are pretty good people.
I'm a guy who would like to get a program where judges can see what all of the rule changes are - the Reps get advisories all the time, why not the CBJs? I'd like to get more judges involved in the decision making proccess of our organization. I'd like more input from the judges on what rule changes THEY would like to see.
In the near future I'll be posting more about what changes I'd like to see in the KCBS. In the meantime, I'm hoping that I can win your support and your vote. Last year less than 25% of the eligable voters cast a ballot in the KCBS election, so remember that every vote counts!
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