Poking around online and found this interesting interview of CJ. He talks about why he came back to Top Chef, what happened on the show and in Last Chance Kitchen, gives an honest assessment of John Tesar, and fills us in on what's happening with him now.
On Tesar: "Is John really that bad as he appeared on the show? He certainly rubbed people the wrong way.
"CJ: He was really, really that bad. This is the guy who watched every episode of Top Chef since the beginning and applied to Top Chef every single year it's been on. He knows everything about every single episode and has analyzed everything. And [he] has this mental database and all of his weird ego and this sense of he missed the boat. He had cooked with all of these guys, you know? He cooked with [Anthony] Bourdain ... and then he had to deal with all of these "kids" 20 years or younger on the show. I'd probably be a surly weirdo too.
"But he's not really terrible. After Last Chance Kitchen, he relaxed. I like him a lot and respect him a ton. We're actually friends now because on Last Chance Kitchen there's a lot of downtime, so he and I hung out a lot, played tennis."
Also interesting, Stefan hooked him up with his current job at The Mercantile in LA, and he's going to have a pop-up on Feb. 14-17 called This Is Not a Pop-Up at Square One.