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The FBA Judges

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Confirmed Judges are now on the Contest Page

Contest Organizers have begun sending lists of Confirmed Judges for their contests. Those lists are noted by the red push pin icon to the right.
As always, please contact the Contest Organizer if you have any questions prior to the contest date. The FBA does not assign or control the selection of Judges for any contest other than the Funcook and Triple Crown Invitational.

Master Judge Program Take an FBA Judges Seminar Seminar Rosters Judge of the Year Program
FBA Judge Requirements

  1. Maintain an active FBA Membership.
  2. Judge a minimum of one FBA sanctioned contest every 12 months. (note: failure to achieve this requirement means you will have to attend an FBA Judge's Training Seminar prior to judging again.)
  3. Be present for the Judges Briefing at any contest your are confirmed to judge. Failure to be present means that you will not judge that contest. Check-in for judges starts at 9am on the day of the contest and ends at 9:30am. The Judges Briefing begins at 9:30am, followed by the Table Captains Briefing.
  4. If you fail to show for three contests that you are confirmed to judge without notifying either the Organizer or one of the Reps, you will be removed from the list of judges for future contests.
  5. Judge all four categories at any contest you are seated at for judging.
  6. During the contest, you are not allowed to visit with the cook teams. Doing so will cause you to be removed from the judging that day.
  7. After the contest, you may visit with the cook teams, however you may not discuss any part of the judging including your scores. Doing so will cause you to be removed from the list of judges for future contests.
50 Contests Judged

The Master Judge Status page now has a column to indicate the Total number of judgings for each certified judge.
Note: Repping and Cooking with a team DO NOT count toward the 50 contests.


Dan Buchanan

Marty and Karen Hyde, Donna Ray, and Gordon Gilbert

Ruth Cukras, Bert Snyder, and Norman Cukras

Clara Clark

Jerry Clark

Nick Cassevoy

EJ Kraus

Gayle DiMaggio

Katie Buchanan

Gary Zunt

Mac McLaughlin

Joe Johnston III

Larry Gibeault

George Kendall

Sheilah Jones

Lynn Cooper

Jodi & Kent Harriss

Frank Jones

Ed Cavin

Ed Thomas

Carol Nezat

Cullen Logan

Tony Wolfe

Tom Pippin

Tom Pippin

Paul & Mary Chapman

Donna Kendall

Pete Odom

David Marmar

Steve Brumm

Leon Isaacs

Maura Brown

Ginny Davis

Gene Nezat

Pam Marmar

John Rinehardt

Jim Frazee

Nick Wunder

Leonard Brannen

Richard Anderson

Donald Tibbedeaux
75 Contests Judged

The Master Judge Status page now has a column to indicate the Total number of judgings for each certified judge.
Note: Repping and Cooking with a team DO NOT count toward the 75 contests.


Gordon Gilbert, Ruth Cukras, Norman Cukras,
Marty Hyde, Karen Hyde

Bert Snyder

Dan Buchannan

Gail Cushing

Rick Dimaggio

Gayle Dimaggio & Katie Buchanan

George Kendall

Lynn Cooper

EJ Kraus

Frank Jones

Pete Odom

Paul Chapman

Kent & Jodi Harriss

Mac MacLaughlin
100 Contests Judged

The Master Judge Status page now has a column to indicate the Total number of judgings for each certified judge.
Note: Repping and Cooking with a team DO NOT count toward the 100 contests.


Karen Hyde

Marty Hyde

Ruth Cukras

Gordon Gilbert

Norm Cukras

Rick Dimaggio

Gayle Dimaggio

Dan Buchanan

Katie Buchanan

Gail Cushing

George Kendall
The Master Judge Program

The FBA Master Judge Program is designed to recognize those judges who have shown their support for the most judge friendly, cooker friendly competition barbecue circuit around. The FBA Master Judge is there at almost every contest. They provide the teams with a fair and unbiased arena to test their cooking skills.

The following requirements must be met to become an FBA Master Judge:

  1. Judge a minimum of 20 FBA sanctioned contests in any 5 year period or less.
  2. Table captain a minimum of 5 times in any 5 year period or less in addition to requirement #1.
  3. Must be a member of the FBA and must sustain that membership.
  4. Must cook with a Pro division cook team at least once during the same 5 year period at an FBA sanctioned contest.
  5. The Funcook is considered an FBA sanctioned contest for the purposes of judging and master judge.

If you are working towards your FBA Master Judge please click here to check your status.
This list will be updated after each contest.
If you would like a detailed breakdown of the contests you have judged
please go to the Contact Page to send an e-mail to Ricky.
Our Newest Master Judges

Steve Cahoon

Vikki Leonard

John Kelley

Kevin French
Cook Teams that are participating in the Master Judge Program
The cook teams require 30 days notice to reserve your space with them at an FBA contest
Please contact the head cook directly. Do not contact the FBA as we can not make these arrangements for you.
Forrest's Fine FoodsForrest Dilmore - (850)-209-77772 judges maximum
Pop's QuePop Marshall - (813)-633-33382 judges maximum
Smokin' Cracker BBQ TeamJimmy Brod - (863)-381-15302 judges maximum
The Wolfe BrothersAnthony or Richard - (407)-855-4520 or (407)-963-68212 judges maximum
Judge of the Year Standards

Current Standards

Lead Reps selects 3 Names and provides to FBA Board of Directors. It's the Lead Rep's responsibility to provide 3 names or delegates to another Rep

  • Show up on time at sign in
  • Seated on time for each category
  • Support the Florida Bar-B-Que Organization
  • Show consistent scoring

Additional quantifiable Judge of the Year Standards

  • Friend/Referrals: Anyone that refers a new member; be it a Cook Team, Judge, or Restaurant Owner, will be awarded 1 point for each referral.
  • Every 5 contests: Point awarded for every 5 contests judged.
  • Committees: Point awarded for those individuals that serve on a committee.
    1. Judges Committee
    2. Fun Cook Committee
    3. Celebrate Last Year Party
    4. Other committees so elected by the FBA BOD
  • Grazing Table Monitor: Point awarded to individual assigned as grazing table monitor.
  • Assist a Rep: Point awarded to those judges that stand down from judging assist a rep Saturday. Individuals would be asked to set up/tear down tables, assist with turn in table, and assist at discretion of FBA Rep.

JOTY would be a culmination of points awarded by the Quantifiable Point System and Lead Rep's Nominations. Individual with most points would be JOTY; remaining nine individuals would be JOTY finalist.

2014 Judge of the Year Finalists

Leonard Brannen, Pat Brannen, Katie Buchanan, Steve Cahoon, Gayle Dimaggio,
Rick DiMaggio, George Kendall, Louis Nargi, Connie Washam

Rick Dimaggio
2013 Judge of the Year

Rick Dimaggio
2012 Judge of the Year


Marty Hyde
2011 Judge of the Year


Marty Hyde
2010 Judge of the Year


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