It's hard because... like, Tessa's elimination was clearly bullshit. But the brief was also phrased so poorly that all three of them completely missed the mark nearly as much as the time they did "give us a Heston-level surprise" in The Season That Shall Not Be Named and bloody Noelene thought it meant "give the judges a bowl of fish heads". Like, the goal was "give us something we've never seen before", and Poh gave us yet another curry only this time there was a lettuce leaf underneath (so inventive), Tessa gave a deconstructed taco to a judge whose entire story when he was a contestant on the show was "won't stop appropriating fucking Mexican food", and Reynold took the same boring components he always does and set them up slightly differently like he was playing Super Masterchef Maker. I don't doubt that Poh had the best dish of the three, but... like, you can't use your stupid brief to justify eliminating someone when none of them came close to banging (sorry) it on the head. And you certainly can't use it to boot the person who, even ignoring the brief entirely, either (1) clearly didn't have the worst dish of the day or (2) actually did have a dish that was worse in ways that you couldn't be bothered to explain when critiquing dishes on camera is your entire fucking job. But a simple "holy crap that's strong, it kills all the other flavours here" was too hard for you to say and/or the editors to show? Bull. Shit.
Team challenges: I'm on team "always hate them" because even aside from dishes being decided by committee being consistently underwhelming, they're always structured so that too many people are standing around doing nothing. I do agree that they get better later in the season, but I'd rather they just get rid of the weekly team challenge episode and just do it when it's actually relevant. We've got a good substitute in the wings already: the old Invention Test format. There's no reason they couldn't do a Mystery Box on Sunday, immunity challenge for the top three on Monday, Pressure Test elimination on Tuesday, Invention Test on Wednesday (with the immunity winner getting the "you pick the core ingredient" advantage), and then the wacky elimination challenge on Thursday, with team challenges sprinkled throughout as necessary.