the wife and i judged our first kcbs cookoff today,since being certified. man what a great time!! along with being able to meet some great people and seeing some awesome cookers,we had some great q and some not so great q.it really is a different perspective when your sitting in that judge's seat as opposed to cooking.i would encouraged anyone looking to compete to also look at becoming a certified judge because it will really open your eyes to what they look for. never thought i would say i would be too full of bar-b-q but man we were stuffed!!! even blew right past supper tonight!!