It seems to me that as long as lettuce is allowed in the contest rules, you almost have to use it. I think KCBS could save competitors some money and headaches if they adjusted the rules to disallow the use of lettuce for everyone. Besides the money and inconvenience, I believe it's a potential health issue for the contest judges.
For one contest last year we had to go to 4 different stores to find enough high quality lettuce for a contest. At the Carmel contest, my wife gave one of the contest reps, who I believe was also on the board of directors, an ear full about it. She might not have been so vocal if she'd realize he was on the board, but as I told her at the time, the board members are elected to represent the membership/competitors, so she had a right to voice an opinion. This board member did not agree with her view that lettuce is unnecessary.
I seem to do well in lettuce contests, so I don't mind using it. I just think it's unnecessary. If enough people voice these opinions consistently, I think it will change over a period of time.
I'd like to see the issue put to rest once and for all by allowing the entire KCBS membership to vote on it.
What do you think?
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