Although most were unfamiliar with the ingredient, everyone seemed to struggle with the subtle flavor of the meat. This was especially true for Paul and Richie who overpowered the rattlesnake with seasoning. Nyesha also stumbled by overcooking the meat. On the positive side, Beverly's preparation was elegant and Sarah's touch of lemon added coolness to the dish. The beer-battered rattlesnake of Dakota ultimately won the challenge. She earned immunity in the Elimination Round and $5,000.
For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs were split into two teams (Team Green and Team Pink) and asked to cater a quinceanara, the Mexican version of a Sweet 16 party. After shopping at Whole Foods and a Mexican grocery store, the chefs had three hours to prep. Team Pink got off to a bad start when Keith purchased pre-cooked shrimp for Lindsay's dish and she had to abandon her plan. Both teams were tripped up by the prepared tortillas that they purchased.
Despite putting on a decent feast that the attendees enjoyed, the judges found fault with both teams. Ultimately, the Green Team fared better and received the win. Of the Pink Team members, Ty-Lor, Sarah, Lindsay, and Keith were singled out as having the worst dishes. Ty-lor's fritter was deemed dry, both Sarah and Lindsay's dishes lacked seasoning, and Keith's enchilada suffered from using flour tortillas instead of the traditional corn tortillas. In the end, Keith was asked to pack his knives and go.
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