Judging Criterion

THIS IS A CUSTOM FIELD TEST:

At pans-up, all teams should be ready to parade to the main pavilion and deliver their paellas to the serving tables. Volunteer “Pit Bosses” will guide this process. Pans should be placed on the tables next to the corresponding team name tents. PLU will provide team name tents.

Judges will quickly view and taste each paella (overall appearance, cooked proteins, cooked rice, socarratt) and select the top 3-4* paellas from each heat for full deliberation and scoring. Only 3-4* paellas per heat will receive full scoring sheets. PLU staff members will serve a plate of paella to each team, after which, we will ask teams to leave the main pavilion area as we will open up service to the lines of guests. After all paellas have been served to the public for each heat, team paella pans will be available for pickup from the pickup table and our emcee will announce which teams advanced to the second round.

(The number of paellas advancing to the full judging round may vary depending on the total number and categories of competition paellas in each heat. We will finalize this once team registration is closed.)

Scoring

The information below will be what the judges will be scoring on, if the competing paella moves to second round:

TRADITIONAL

DESCRIPTION CONDITION FOR JUDGING SCORING
Timing Timing: 0-5 minutes behind (no penalty); 5-9:59 minutes late (-2 points); 10-14:59 minutes late (-4 points); 20 – 24:59 minutes late (- 8 points); 25 minutes late and beyond (Disqualified)
Team Spirit Uniform/Costume/Enthusiasm 5
Appearance and Presentation The overall look of the paella and description of the dish 10
Traditional Ingredients True to a Traditional Paella 10
Taste Profile/Overall Flavor How well is it seasoned; how well do the flavors and individual ingredients come together; 10
Rice Is the rice cooked properly? Not under-cooked, chalky, or mushy/overcooked. How well has rice picked up the flavors of the rest of the ingredients? 10
Other Ingredients How well are other ingredients cooked and integrated into the paella (flavor and doneness)? 10
Socarrat How well is rice evenly caramelized on bottom of pan? Crispy, not burnt.

KEEP PAELLA WEIRD

DESCRIPTION CONDITION FOR JUDGING SCORING
Timing 0-5 minutes behind (no penalty); 5-9:59 minutes late (-2 points); 10-14:59 minutes late (-4 points); 20 – 24:59 minutes late (- 8 points); 25 minutes late and beyond (Disqualified)
Team Spirit Uniform/Costume/Enthusiasm 5
Appearance & Presentation The overall look of the paella and description of the dish 10
KPW Ingredients Ingredients are creative and non-traditional/unusual 10
Taste Profile/Overall flavor How well it is seasoned; how well do the flavors and individual ingredients come together. 10
Rice Is the rice cooked properly? Not under-cooked, chalky, or mushy/overcooked. How well has rice picked up the flavors of the rest of the ingredients? 10
Other Ingredients How well are other ingredients cooked and integrated into the paella (flavor and doneness)? 10
Socorrat How well is rice evenly caramelized on bottom of pan. Crispy, not burnt. 10