"However, the choice to roulade a baby leg -- and then do a bad job of something which only has one right way -- and then not be able to truss a frikkin' roast for kryzakes... wow.
If you had whole baby lambs how could you not do double saddles with the loins? Or if you wanted to go higher, altoso, haute, something like mignon in an olive cream? Why do anything as pedestrian as legs. And for kryzakes do something wildly different with the front end of the beast. Kibbeh maybe, or luleh or even a tajine. I certainly would have done one lamb dish from from the European shore of the Med, and one from the African or mid-Eastern, and pulled them together. Easy to set up a variety of sides appropriate for a warm weather meal served outdoors. Where were the artichokes? The ratatouile? The beds of lentils?
It wasn't just the lamb team -- for a warm weather, outdoor service there wasn't one single grill. Are these people nuts?
A butterflied leg, rolled or not, is always problematic because there's something like eight different muscles in there. Someone always gets a bum cut, or one sliced with the grain or something. No problem when you're throwing a barbecue in your own backyard. But why risk a bum piece going to a judge? 'toopid is what it is. Just 'toopid.
Oh man, I hear you on the saddle. In fact you may have heard me, as my wife will attest, I was practically screaming for it! The rolled leg of lamb, yeah that's the sort of mistake I stopped making in the first year of culinary school. That said the judges' boosting for roasting it on the bone seems a little odd for a sit down, plated lunch. Maybe if they had ben allowed to set up a carvery station. I suspect that there's much on the cutting room floor that would enlighten the whole story.
I was really curious about where all the offal went to. Young lamb, give me my sweet breads ( with summer peas...) or poached brain or even kidney salad. Were these items not provided? If so, that's a screw up on part of the producers. Same for the pork. I would be jumping all over the place to work with the sort of cuts that this type of challenge should have allowed for.
I agree with you as well about the veg. What a wasted opportunity. I would have expected that somebody have at least gone berserk with herbs.
I'll close with Canadian Modesty (TM) and the obligatory mention that its to be an armchair quarterback...you know the rest.