PaniniGuy wrote:we have to ask: we're you judging at the MARBC back in February? One of the judges in DC actually nicked Belle Battista some points for wearing an outfit that didn't match her tablecloth.
No, I've only judged in the SERBC and USBC. The score sheet does include a few points for appearance, but I certainly wouldn't markdown for an outfit that didn't match the barista's tablecloth. Questionable choices like jeans and a T-shirt would cost points. The USBC competitors looked sharp to the last, though that wasn't universally true at the SERBC, as I noted in Competitor Debriefing:
HB wrote:Dress for the occasion
If I got a dollar every time somebody said "five star restaurant" when explaining what type of performance merits top scores, I would be able to afford an evening at such an establishment. Given this expectation, you would think that competitors would choose their apparel accordingly, but some were attired in jeans with untucked and rumpled shirts. The ladies generally understood the message better than the gentlemen baristas, which helps their "professionalism and passion" score.
I did notice that the use of the phrase "five star experience" was all but absent during the USBC judges' certification workshop. There were other minor tweaks in the emphasis, which I'll add to Abe's upcoming thread on the subject. In Matt's case, I commented on his choices as evidence of his assertion that his daytime profession (graphics artist) was indeed reflected in his performance. There's nothing more to read into it than that.