I respect and have agreed with your opinion for the four years that I have competed. I am a KCBS member and a CBJ . I still cook their contest. I knew I would get this kind of knee jerk reaction by current professional cooks .
We have been asked to cook five different local non sanctioned cook offs in the last six months. When I asked why they didn't get sanctioned they didn't want to go the touring pro route. I know KCBS will do backyard events but they do want them to progress to a pro/backyard contest.
Like I said we don't intend to take away from the pro sanctioning , just trying to get these little contest regulated. Some of the rules are not thought through at these contest and we thought we could help keep the chaos down
so the organizers could be successful in raising funds not making enemy's with there contestants.
Examples of the type of contest I talking about are local high school boosters, Churches, Fire Depts. small town civic groups that want all local teams involved in the competitions.
I know I don't have to tell you that competition BBQ is ever growing and changing there are many average backyard cooks that never want to move on to the contest circuit. When this type cook joins the KCBS and cooks in the Backyard events at contest they just don't come away with the same experience as the pros do. Last The feed back that I am receivingis telling me that there is a need for contest as well as a society just for these local amateur cooks.
I hope you can see where I am coming from
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