Well if a top chef prepared it for you and you refused to even try it then I feel that would be a wasted opportunity.
It scored an 8 didn't it? So can't have been that bad after all.
Smoked salmon = cured fish
Marniated scallop = cured fish
Plenty of people eating pickled fish, sashimi, ceviche and poke
Conversly there's probably plenty of people who haven't eaten smoked salmon and would balk at the idea of it - what? raw fish. eugh!!!
Personally i'd take marinated scallop over smoked salmon any day. Especially if prepared by one of the country's top chefs.
Don't get me wrong, i would try it definitely. I have eaten far weirder stuff than raw scallops.