We both hit a few contests our first year, having started a little late in the season. Herb judged couple more than I did. Our second season we both judged 26 or 27 contests in a whirlwind of a summer. This made it possible for both of us to finish Very early in our Third season, but only in our 15th or 16th month of judging! At the beginning of the year Herb needed to judge one contest and I needed to judge two. We both needed to cook with a team and take the test. We cooked on the same team the same night and had a blast. We took our "Master Test" at about the same time, (and HERB scored a perfect score!)
We both think back and wish that we'd have tried it in ONE SEASON!! We would have had to double (Sat/Sun) several weekends, but I'm certain we could have judged 30 in one year. Either way, we're both excited to be "Masters" and have slowed down quite a bit, especially with the economy playing tug-o-war with our resources, but we really feel like we had a great time.
To those who have welcomed Herb and me into the bbq community, I appreciate the friendliness and look forward to many more years together.
On a final note, I'd love to hear if anyone has actually finished 30 contests in just one season. Anyone?