In tonight's episode of Top Chef (episode 3), Padma Lakshmi channels Samuel L. Jackson and gets pretty serious about those motherf*cking snakes. Rattlesnakes are traditional in Texas cuisine and for tonight's Quickfire, the snakes are waiting in sealed boxes to greet the chefs. 'When time is up I better see some "motherf*cking snakes on some motherf*cking plates," quips Lakshmi.
For the elimination challenge, the chefs must create a feast and cater a Quincinera party, a coming of age celebration in Mexican culture. One team argues about the use of pre-cooked shrimp. "Who would buy pre-cooked shrimp in a cooking competition? The point is to cook the shrimp," said cheftestant Sarah Grueneber. Fellow competitor Lindsay Autry agreed, "It's baffling to me that anyone would assume that a pre-cooked product was acceptable."