I didn't care for that challenge at all. If the scallops weren't good, I'm not sure what Liz(?) could have done to make a good scallop dish -- I guess she would have had to use something else as a "scallop" and explain why.
I was generally rooting for John, but his whining this episode was off-putting. You're never going to be cooking under ideal conditions on Top Chef -- that's the point! All the talk about sharing the pickles was weird too. When a contestant starts focusing more on gamesmanship than cooking (a la Spike) they're setting themselves up for failure.
True, but I do feel that John Tesar did get the shaft this episode. Yes, he was somewhat of a dick this episode as shown and/or as edited but I did feel he got a raw deal. The "risotto curse" strikes again, at the least. (I do agree that his complaint of non-flat pots, where the burners they had were gas rather than electric, were not persuasive - but OTOH if all he had were "lumpy-bottomed" pots [the other cheftestants having gotten the better ones] then I would go along to an extent with his complaint...)
Barely edible/"food-poisoning category" scallops? Wow, I would have pushed that to the utter bottom.
Tesar, in his "talking heads", did not do himself too many favors - but in the scenes as broadcast of his actual working with others he certainly seemed like someone who was trying to get on with everyone else.
Joshua Valentine - now *that* is someone of the first rank of DICKINESS. What a piece of sh*t that one is. As for Josie - why is she even still there? (Ditto, why is Valentine still there)