2016 Judging Revisions

2016 Muddy Chef Challenge Judging Revisions

Housewife cooking on the kitchen with big fire

To put it mildly, the judging at the MCC4 was “challenging”.  Too many judges, judges that wandered off during the contest and my personal favorite – a smartphone app that we tested extensively prior to the event, stopped working half way though the judging.

It seemed that every time we tried to correct the course of the judging we encountered more and more problems.

So, to that end we are implementing the following changes in advance of the event.  We believe these changes will address the majority of issues. As always, your comments and ideas are welcome.

Judges Routes through the Campsite during the MCC:

The judges will follow a pre-defined route through the campsite.  They will not deviate from that route.  That way participants will always know the approximate location and timing of the judges.  This will hopefully eliminate problems with locating the judges and assist competitors with timing their food.

Also, we are reducing the judges significantly.  We are keeping each category to five judges in total for each course.  Wherever possible we are seeking highly qualified food experts to anchor each judges panel.

Appetizer:

Five Judges

Main Course:

Five Judges

Desert:

Five Judges

 Judging Categories:

  • Presentation
  • Taste
  • Aroma
  • Creativity
  • Locally Sourced Ingredients
  • Pairing

 Local Ingredient Use:

One judge will verify this information.   This judge will go from campsite to campsite to verity your use of local ingredients.  Participants should post receipts in an easy to verify location.

Those are the changes we see making for 2016.  If you have ideas let us know.  We look forward to seeing you at the Muddy Chef Challenge and our other regional events next year!

 

THE RULES

The spirit of the event is that you cook and prepare what you can carry in your Land Rover. We don’t want to kill creativity or fun by creating a huge list of rules. At the same time, we don’t want cheating or shortcutting of the cooking process.

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Official Rules for 2019:

No store bought already made items (example – Pillsbury dough, an angel food cake with canned strawberries, etc.) If it’s already made – you can’t use it. If you are not sure – ask.

No pre-prepared food (example – meat marinated at home, or purchased, pre-chopped ingredients, anything made for the event at home or store-bought and brought to the event).

Support vehicles are not allowed to carry extra supplies, cookware, grills, etc.

If you tow a camper with your Land Rover you may use it during the Challenge.

You may not utilize a camper towed by a support vehicle.

No external power (generators or electric power). Vehicle-powered inverters are allowed.

We encourage you to purchase locally sourced ingredients wherever possible (please keep proof of purchase) as this will add to your overall score.

PORTION SIZE:

Portions should be prepared for 5 judges. Please prepare small bite-size portions. Remember they are sampling more than 50 entries (times THREE courses!).

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JUDGING:
Each course (app, main, dessert) will have a team of five judges.  The judges will stick to a predetermined route through the campsite.  Your arrivals package will contain a copy of the judge’s map.  We hope this will instill order and allow for teams to observe the judges progress through the campsite and fire their dishes accordingly. Judges are limited to a 2-minute stay for each presentation.  If your dish is not complete the judges will return for a second visit after a complete route through the campsite. 

Judging Categories:

  • Presentation
  • Taste
  • Aroma
  • Creativity
  • Locally Sourced Ingredients (Please post your receipts in an easy to read location)
  • Pairing

SPONSORED INGREDIENTS:

Prizes will be judged and awarded by select sponsors:

TBA – 2019 MCC

YOU CAN VOTE TOO!

MOBILE APP COMING IN 2019

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