Ariel Contreras-Fox, or simply Ariel Fox, was a contestant on Season 6 and Season 18 of Hell's Kitchen. She ranked in 3rd place on Season 6, and on Season 18, she was named the winner and awarded an Executive Chef position at the Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen restaurant at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, with a salary of $250,000.
Ariel was one of the most consistent performers throughout both seasons. In season 6, she established herself as the leader of the red team very soon but started to lose confidence in the black jacket stage and was unable to make it into the finale. In season 18, she was initially overshadowed, but eventually regained her voice, becoming a leader once again, maintained her confidence throughout the competition and eventually became the winner of that season. She developed a friendship with Mia, and mentored her, also developed a friendship with Bret.
Season 6 Edit
When Ariel came out of the bus to enter Hell's Kitchen, she was extremely excited to finally be there. After receiving some tips from Jean-Philippe and former Hell's Kitchen contestants, Ramsay ordered all the chefs to cook their signature dishes.
Before tasting the signature dishes, Ramsay announced that for the first time ever, the Signature Dish Challenge would occur as a regular team challenge, with each contestant going head-to-head. Ariel was the sixth person of the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Kevin. Her duck breast was undercooked and having raw fat, and neither she or Kevin won the round.
The red team eventually lost the challenge 2-3, and was punished by cleaning both kitchens ahead of the opening service the following night. They were also served Bologna sandwiches for dinner, and after their punishment, the women came up to the dorms and found their uniforms, knives, and cookbooks, which they had to learn by heart. The next morning, during prep, the women were already going full steam ahead and were confident as they studied the menu the previous night and rested.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the meat station with Suzanne. She was not seen much, except at one point when she declared being embarrassed because Tek could not cook scallops properly, and at another when she noticed Lovely was missing. After a lot of struggle in both kitchens, service was shut down by Ramsay.
When the teams were lined up, Ramsay declared the red team losers for not serving any entrées at all, and asked them to nominate two people. Ariel was not nominated for elimination, and after Melinda left, she welcomed Robert in her team, as a new teammate. While being dismissed, she was excited as she was sure Robert was the end of the red team's losing streak.
Back in the dorms, the red team received some precious help when Robert gave some tips on how to properly cook the food to the women.
The next morning, both teams got down in the blue kitchen, where Ramsay introduced the Shrimp Cleaning Challenge. Ariel declared the red team had to win that challenge after losing the previous service, and during the judging, she was the fourth person from her team to have her shrimps judged by Ramsay. She scored 6 points, but the red team lost the challenge 44-45.
The red team was punished by cleaning shrimps and segmenting lemons, removing every seed from all of them, all day long, for a shrimp cocktail during the next dinner service. Ariel declared she was tired of cleaning shrimps and not liking them as well, and during the punishment, she threw Tennille under the bus, saying that if she had done her part during the challenge, the team would have won.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the dessert station. She was not seen much, except when Tennille told Ramsay she would need 5 more minutes, which she was not impressed and told she should get her shit together. Later, she acknowledged that Tennille sank the team and that they were in big trouble. After a lot of struggle in both kitchens, Ramsay ordered both teams to send shrimp cocktails to the dining room, and shut down both kitchens.
When both teams were lined up, Ramsay revealed that Tennille served a raw shrimp to a pregnant woman, which Ariel made a surprised facial expression as she did not know that happened. After that, he named both teams losers, and asked them to nominate two people each.
Ariel was not nominated for elimination, and tried to calm down Joseph, who was having his infamous outburst, by asking him to show some respect.
Back in the dorms, the chefs went to bed, trying to get some sleep, but very early in the night, alarm bells started to go, Sous Chef Scott, holding a flashlight, told everybody to get out of the restaurant immediately as an emergency was called. Then, fire trucks arrived to Hell's Kitchen and the chefs got outside. But, Ramsay was standing with the firefighters, revealing that it was a fire drill. He introduced the Firefighter Pasta Meal Service Challenge, and all the chefs got back in the dorms to change. Before tickets came in, Ariel checked Lovely's convection oven while declaring the red team needed to win so they could get their morale back up. During the challenge, because she was tired of Lovely not being able to get the garlic bread out, she decided to take control of that station herself, took it off the oven and sent it to the pass. Later, she took vocal control of the team and plated some chicken alfredo dishes, along with Amanda. She took vocal control of her team once again when they had four tickets remaining, as she was determined not to lose. The red team eventually won the challenge, and she was proud saying that she would continue to be a leader.
They were rewarded with a day at the Pacific Water Spa, in Huntington Beach, California, as well as a helicopter ride to get there. Arrived at the spa, the women got in bathrobes and clinked their champagne glasses, while Ariel was thrilled as she never went to a spa before. The next day, during prep, she said she was happy to be the team's captain and determined to make an impression.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the appetizer station with Sabrina. After she sent acceptable appetizers to the pass, she tried to motivate Tennille, who was behind on the fish station. Later, she emerged as the definite leader and pushed her team forward, with the goal of finishing service. Under her leadership, her team succeeded to complete their tickets before the blue team.
The red team was declared losers for having a 81% above average rating from the customers, compared to the blue team's 83%, but because of her assertiveness, Ariel was named "Best of the Worst", and asked to nominate two of her teammates for elimination. While being dismissed, she declared it was a tough responsibility as she had to narrow it down to two people, and that she had too many choices. During deliberation, she spoke with Tennille and Amanda. The latter asked her if she thought Lovely was an overall stronger cook, which she acknowledged that it was a good point and that it would be a difficult decision.
During the Sausage Strings Challenge, Ariel was paired with Sabrina. In total, they made three sausage links, but only two of them were accepted. The red team eventually won the challenge 6-4, and they were rewarded with lunch at Old World Village, for an Oktoberfest style party.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the garnish station with Lovely, and served an amuse-bouche special. She served all of her amuse-bouche in time, and the red team started cooking their food. Near their final tickets, one of her tagliatelles was sent back by Ramsay for being cooked to fuck. The red team lost the service, and Sabrina was named "Best of the Worst".
She was not nominated for elimination.
During the Welcome Home Planning Challenge, Ariel was concerned that the red team’s items were not good enough, but was willing to trust Suzanne’s judgement, as she was the one who listened to La Tasha. She presented the red team's appetizer, which was a Caesar salad with baked prawns. It was well received, and she won the round over Kevin. Despite that, the red team lost the challenge 1-2, and they were punished by decorating the dinning room for the next service, under the supervision of Ramsay's wife. During the punishment, she quickly found out how much Tana's instructions were similar to Ramsay's, and complained that the decorating would take a while.
During the Welcome Home dinner service, Ariel was on the garnish station. When she saw Sabrina's cold stuffed mushrooms being sent back, she said that it was not a great start as she was tired of losing services. Later, she reminded Tek that the grill was supposed to be used for marking and Tek had to cook them off in the over afterwards. The red team lost the service by a mile after the blue team was sent over to help them serve their entrees, she was frustrated as the red team should have done better, and refused to work with incompetent people any longer.
She was not nominated for elimination.
Back in the dorms, Ariel was still bitter about the red team's pathetic performance during the Welcome Home party.
During the 700 Calories Challenge, Ariel presented the red team's entrée, which was a cottage cheese and a mushroom stuffed pork chop, containing 308 calories. Ramsay praised the portion control and the peppered watercress. She won the round over Jim, and the red team won the challenge 3-1. They were rewarded with a day at Venice Beach to play volleyball with Annett Davis, as well as receiving a gift basket containing Vitamix blenders and a cook book.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the fish station. Her first attempt on the scallops came out boiled, and Ramsay accused her of not caring anymore. However, she managed to bounce back from her mistake. Both teams were eventually named joint-losers, and Ramsay asked them to nominate one person each.
She was not nominated for elimination.
During the Craps Challenge, Ariel rolled a H, and chose hamhock. During the challenge, she ignored Tennille's suggestion of adding sugar in their purée to balance the garlic flavor. She presented the red team's pan roasted tenderloin and leg of rabbit with a garlic rosemary purée and hammock stock. While Ramsay praised the red team for not making the leg dry, he found that the garlic purée tasted strong and obliterated the other flavors. The red team lost the challenge to the blue team, and they were punished by participating in Delivery Day, doing inventory, and prepping both kitchens for the next service.
During prep, Ariel, along with Tennille, began to consider loosing Suzanne because of her bossy attitude. During dinner service, she was on the appetizer station. She greeted the chefs table, and later, held up Amanda's fish entrée as she was late on the spaghetti. Despite that, the red team won the service.
During the Blind Taste Test, Ariel was the first person from the red team to compete, and went up against Van. She correctly guessed cream cheese and leeks, and the red team won the challenge 6-4. They were rewarded with lunch in the dark at the Opaque, in the V Lounge, with Ramsay.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the dessert station. She was not seen much, but the red team lost the service. Tennille was named "Best of the Worst".
She was not nominated for elimination.
Back in the dorms, Ariel told Suzanne that she had to realize how she was interacting with the team in order to succeed, while adding that nobody was going to put up with her attitude any longer.
During the Crepe Challenge, Ariel felt that Suzanne was trying to overcompensate for the previous night. She competed against Van in the breakfast round, and served a smoked salmon with herbs and honey crepe. It was praised for having a nice color and for the filling, and she won the round over Van. The red team won the challenge 3-2, and they were rewarded with a full French experience, which included mime lessons and lunch at La Cachette.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the garnish station. She was not seen much, except when she complained about how Suzanne fucked the red team by slicing the lamb early and letting the juices flow out. After Suzanne and Sabrina were ejected from service, Ramsay relocated her to the fish and garnish stations. Both teams were named joint-losers, and Ramsay asked them to nominate two people together.
Ariel was not nominated for elimination, and she told Ramsay, along with Tennille, that Suzanne would not be a worthwhile member of the red team any longer. After Andy left, she said goodbye to Suzanne, who was transferred to the blue team.
Back in the dorms, Ariel expressed concern over Sabrina as she had been a disaster in the last two services, and had to either step up her game, or go home.
During the Fifteen Canadian Ingredients Challenge, Ariel was the first person from the red team to present her entrée, and went up against Kevin. She served a grilled salmon with melted leeks and grilled shrimp, which was criticized for having too much richness with the leeks, and she lost the round to Kevin. After Ramsay asked why Tennille announced her dish as lamb when it was actually venison, she stated that since they have worked with lamb a lot, it was a simple identification mistake.
The red team lost the challenge 2-4, and they were punished by picking up fresh produce from a local farm, and do chores there. During the punishment, Ariel was forced to face her fear of pigs as she got chased by one as a kid at a county fair, and said that she got traumatized by that.
When both teams got control of their menus, Ariel inputted some of her ideas, but was not certain over Tennille's suggestions as they were not fine-dining dishes. Later, she felt that there was a lot of tension between the red team after Tennille snapped at her.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the appetizer station. One of her pork ravioli dishes was sent back for being stone cold in the center, and she felt embarrassed over screwing up her own dish. Later, she got determined to do well and pushed more dishes, but two more of her dishes were sent back for the same problem. That led Ramsay to accuse her of rushing her dishes, and also berated her of being laid back over it, even though she was pissed at herself, but was trying to hold it in. Both teams were named joint-losers, and Ramsay asked them to nominate one person each.
She was not nominated for elimination.
The next day, Ariel and the rest of the chefs received their black jackets.
During the Taste It Now Make It Challenge, Ariel was paired with Van, although she was a little concerned as Van had been nominated twice before. They used turbot, calamari, celery root, and starfruit to recreate Ramsay's dish. While they were in the top two, they lost to Dave and Suzanne as they got the wrong fruit for their sauce. She was punished by prepping for a Couples Night Service, as well as help Jean-Philippe to decorate the dining room.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the garnish station. At one point, Ramsay saw that she had a piece of burnt lettuce on her pan, which she did not notice until then. That caused a very despaired Ramsay to leave the kitchen with Sous Chef Scott. When Tennille took the lead, she said that she wanted five more minutes on her garnishes, but Tennille told her that she wanted three minutes. With some help from Dave, she was able to get her garnishes to the pass. After Ramsay and Sous Chef Scott came back, she, along with Van and Suzanne, got ejected from the kitchen. Back in the living room, she got concerned when Van went off.
Ariel was the second nominee, with Suzanne being the first. They were called down with Van. During her plea, she said that she wanted to prove that she could bounce back, and survived elimination after Ramsay sent her back in line.
Back in the dorms, Ariel realized that she had to pull through from her poor night as they were in the final five.
During the Presentation Challenge, Ariel made a prosciutto wrapped John Dory, and hoped for a pick me up after the previous night. Her dish was voted as the second best, and was praised by Ramsay and Barbara Fairchild for its edgy cranberry sauce. She ended up being named joint-winner with Kevin, and she was rewarded with a Bon Appétit photo shoot with Ramsay and Fairchild, at Shutters on the Beach, in Santa Monica. During the reward, she stated that her family would be excited to see her dish in the magazine.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the meat station. Despite hoping her night would be an improvement, her first attempt on the chicken had some pink on it, and she got frustrated for disappointing Ramsay. Despite that, she managed to get the refire accepted. Then, she brought her lamb, but it was sliced poorly, and a frustrated Ramsay pulled her to the dining room and asked her if she would send that poor piece in the Araxi Restaurant. She said that she would not, and called it embarrassing to get called out in front of the customers. After the service, Ramsay asked the chefs to nominate two people for elimination.
Ariel was the first nominee, with Suzanne being the second. During her plea, Ramsay accused her of getting worse, but she said that she was still passionate, and wanted to prove it to Ramsay. She survived elimination.
Back in the dorms, Ariel said that she wanted to get to the final four based on her skills, and not for dodging a bullet. The next morning, the chefs were welcomed by a child version of Ramsay, and she called it the best possible way to begin the day.
During the 80 Vegetarian Portions Challenge, Ariel made a vegetarian lasagna. She asked Dave if she could help him, but he refused. Then, she confirmed that Dave was the one-armed bandit because he fought through the pain, and she was impressed by that. When it was revealed that they would be serving their dishes to children, she realized that she lucked out as kids loved lasagna. She lost the challenge to Tennille, and was punished by cleaning up the dining room after the children made a big mess, and she called it the worst clean up yet. Back in the dorms, she told Dave and Kevin that she believed Tennille won because of her cooking elementary.
During prep, Ariel knew that the pressure was on for her. During dinner service, she was on the garnish station. She was not seen much as she did not make any mistakes.
After the service, Ariel hugged Tennille on the latter's way out, and after, she got a visit from her fiancé and mother.
Back in the dorms, Ariel hoped that she would make it to the final two, and the next morning, she was determined to do well as the finish line was very close.
During the International Cuisine Challenge, Ariel had the first pick and got China, which excited her as she worked with that a lot, and it could be an easy one. She made a duck with lychee plum marinade and noodle broth, but nervously stumbled on describing her dish. The judges criticized the dish for not being balanced and having a watery sauce, disappointing her. She lost the challenge to Dave, and she was punished by polishing the silverware in the dining room for the next service. During the punishment, she tried to peak over to see Dave's reward, but struggled as she was near sighted.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the meat station. When Kevin was running the pass, her timings became inconsistent to Sous Chef Scott’s, and Kevin complained that she was slowing the team down. When she sent her lamb to the pass, Kevin noticed that it was overcooked, and asked for a new mid rare, despite herself thinking that it was mid-rare. She managed to send up her refire, though told Ramsay that she could not cut a bone off one of the chops. However, Kevin forced her to do it regardless, but that caused the lamb chops to fall apart as he ordered her to make another. Despite being pissed off by getting pushed by Kevin, she brought her lamb, but was missing the lamb sauce. She was the last person to run the pass, and knew that she had to do well or else she could be eliminated. While she read her first ticket well, Sous Chef Heather sent parsnip purée instead of mashed potatoes, and she failed to notice the mistake. Despite that, entrées continued to leave until Sous Chef Scott brought salmon instead of sea bass, but that time, she noticed it. Then, she started calling out a lot of tickets, but that caused Dave and Kevin to get confused on what was going on. Ramsay reminded her that she had to coordinate the line as Kevin was dragging the scallops, and then, was told that the kitchen was running her. She got her voice back, but noticed that Kevin was dragging his scallops, and felt that he was sabotaging her. Then, she noticed that Kevin missed a portion, but he managed to send it up in time.
At elimination, Ariel voted for Kevin as he did not have her back when she was on the hot pass, while receiving votes from Kevin and Dave. When Ramsay asked her why she should be in the finale, she said that she grew a lot in Hell’s Kitchen. In the end, she was eliminated, but before she left, Ramsay praised her ambition, drive, and passion, and allowed her to keep her jacket as a symbol of all of her accomplishments. During her exit interview, she received a retrospective montage of her run. Ramsay gave no comment on Ariel's elimination, and she did not receive the burning picture sequence.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the fish and meat stations. When she brought her venison and salmon to the pass, Dave rejected the venison as it was well done instead of medium. Then, she brought her refires, and that time, Dave accepted them. Later, she sent up gray venison, with Ramsay called it lazy cooking, and Jean-Philippe sent back a raw salmon. Then, she received help from Robert and finally got her entrées out. Dave eventually won the finals over Kevin.
Season 18 Edit
Ariel, along with the other veterans, were in disguise when they arrived to Hell's Kitchen, unknown to the rookies. Her alias was "Maria". When they arrived to Hell's Kitchen, they were welcomed by Marino and the Sous Chefs, and were given butternut squash risotto for lunch. During lunch, she felt that Gizzy's strong presence out of the gate was not a strong move after the latter commented that the risotto needed more salt. When the rookies described their credentials, she was impressed by their résumés, and felt that there was going to be a strong competition. She was the first veteran to reveal herself, explaining how she was the Executive Chef overseeing multiple restaurants. However, she decided to drop the act, and took her disguise off, shocking the rookies. Ramsay explained that he personally invited her back into the competition as he felt she deserved another chance, and she revealed that she pushed herself after competing 10 years ago. Then, she said that people believed that she was eliminated due to a lack of confidence, recalling a moment back in Season 6 where Ramsay berated her for sending up poor lamb during the second black jackets service, but knew that she had everything it took to win.
During the Signature Dish Challenge, Ariel decided to face off against Jose, and she was the fifth person from the blue team to have her dish judged by Ramsay. She made scallops with parsnip purée, it was praised for having a rich purée, and she scored 4 points. The veterans lost the challenge after a tie at 29, and they were punished by prepping both kitchens for the following service, shelling sunflower seeds, and prepping the mushroom duxelles.
During the Creative Risotto Challenge, Ariel was the third veteran to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and presented her peck pepperino risotto. While it was good, it failed to dethrone Mia, and she lost the challenge.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the meat station with Bret. At one point, she knew that she had fewer nerves compared to last time, and the veterans won the service.
Back at the dorms, Ariel agreed with Heather that they were not communicating with each other, and thought it would be a lot better due to their all-star status, before telling Trev and Jen that there was no leadership on fish that night.
During the Marine Service Challenge, Ariel was on the grilling station with Trev. On their last ticket, she sent up her steaks, but they were cold, and that allowed the rookies to catch up and win the challenge. The veterans lost the challenge, and they were punished by prepping squid for a calamari dish in that night’s service.
During prep, Ariel and T had a discussion over how much heavy cream should be used for the sauce, especially as she was trying to get closer to Jen’s as she used less for the previous service and it was rejected by Ramsay. However, Jen took that the wrong way and snapped at her, only for her to annoyingly comment that what she was trying to say was that she was making it closer to Jen’s attempt last time, and called the latter stupid for not understanding that.
During dinner service, Ariel served a grilled calamari appetizer tableside. She was not seen that night, and both teams were named joint-winners.
Before the Winter Soup Challenge, Ariel was paired up with T for the veterans, they were the second pair to sled down, and the veterans won a ten-second head start for the real challenge. She was the third person from the veterans to have her dish judged, and presented her fried chicken miso ramen. It was praised for for the flavors, texture, and authenticity, and she scored seven points. During Roe's turn, she hoped that the veterans would finally win a challenge, only for her hopes to be dashed after the former's poor performance. The veterans lost the challenge 41-51, and they were punished by cleaning all 30 tons of the snow off the front entrance.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the fish station. At one point, she knew that the biggest fear for the chefs was the scallops, but was confident in her first attempt. It worked as the first order was accepted, and Ramsay was impressed how they sent it out with no glitches. Both teams were named joint-losers, and were asked to nominate two people for elimination.
Ariel was not nominated for elimination, said goodbye to Bret, Kevin, and Trev as the men were reassigned to the red team, and welcomed Gizzy, Kanae, and Mia as new teammates as Ramsay decided to scrap the Rookies Vs. Veterans team format, and bring back the battle of the sexes.
During the Seven Way Cooking Challenge, Ariel received the shallow fried cooking method, was the fifth person from the blue team to have her dish judged, and went up against Jose. She made a shallow fried halibut with tomato sauce, it was praised for working together, and she tied that round with Jose. The blue team won the challenge 5-3, and they were rewarded with a VR experience at VR Territory, and received Vitamix blenders. After hearing that reward, she got excited as she was a super nerd towards VR and zombies.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the appetizer station with Kanae. At one point, she wanted to manipulate the girls into her lead, but T was struggling on the scallops, and only had one order ready while dragging on another. However, due to some miscommunication, she sent up the pan of scallops that T deemed not good to send up, and sure enough, Ramsay rejected them for looking milky. Later, she suggested that Mia put the Wellingtons back together before cooking them longer after the latter accidentally sliced five Wellingtons in half. The blue team won the service.
During the Potato Challenge, Ariel was the third person from the blue team to have her dish judged, and went up against Chris. She made a Yukon and sweet potato pommes Anna, it was praised for being on point flavors, and she scored 9 points. The blue team lost the challenge after a tie at 40 each, and they were punished by prepping 100 pounds of potatoes for Steak Night.
During the Steak Night dinner service, Ariel was on the garnish station. At one point, she took notice of Mia’s gorilla face when focusing on her cooking, and later, she annoyingly told Heather and T to stop arguing. After the blue team got kicked out of the kitchen, she deemed it embarrassing, said that she was at a loss for words, before commenting that meat and fish sunk their service and that they left a bunch of people hungry like a bunch of assholes. The blue team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, she accused meat and fish of being the reason they lost service.
She was not nominated for elimination.
Before the Last Man Standing Challenge, Ariel admitted to being a fan of Fast and the Furious, but also knew that it was too early to see a stock car do drifts in the parking lot. She was the final person left in the blue kitchen during the challenge, and said that she did not need help from her team. She was the second person from the blue team to have her dish judged, presented her veal scaloppini dish, and it scored over Bret. The blue team won the challenge 3-2, she was happy as she felt the women pulled their own weight, and they were rewarded with a go-karting experience.
Because Ariel was the final person from the blue team left during the previous challenge, she was exempted from participating in the Cook For Your Life Challenge. Back at the dorms, she asked who would be eliminated as she was torn between either Gizzy or Heather.
Back at the dorms, Ariel got amused at Bret's lecture on how northeastern people call things the shit.
Before the Tilly Sweet 16 Planning Challenge, Ariel's teenage photo was show, with Ramsay commenting that it looked like she was dodging the paparazzi. She was on the entree team with Kanae and Mia from the blue team, and they went up against Bret, Jose, and Trev from the blue team. She made a sweet potato haystack on top of a chicken, it was praised for tasting delicious, and it was added to the menu. The blue team won the challenge 4-2, and they were rewarded with a day at a Malibu mansion, and received ice cream from an artisan food truck. During the reward, she called the mansion insane, and would like to throw a party at the place.
During the Tilly Sweet 16 dinner service, Ariel was on the fish station with Mia. At one point, while she knew that they started out rough, she did not want to disappoint Tilly and give her a night to remember. However, her halibut was raw, and this dismayed her as she already had a cooked halibut ready to go, but brought the wrong pan out by mistake. That mistake was the final straw for Ramsay who, after berating the blue team for their off timings during the last five tables, kicked them out of the kitchen. The blue team lost the service, and they were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, she considered Roe and Mia for elimination, only for the former to nominate her as she did not own up to her mistake that night. However, she accepted her mistake, and felt that Roe deserved to go up more than her, leading to a bickering match between the two.
She was not nominated for elimination.
During the Chinese Cuisine Challenge, Ariel went up against Motto from the red team, and she picked duck breast as their protein. During the cooking, she tasted Kanae's sauce as the latter was allergic to nuts. After seeing Shirley Chung nitpicking on the dishes, she started to get nervous as Chung was showing to being a tough judge, with her believing that they were all in a fluff zone during the cooking, and feared that her dish was not close to Chung’s standards. She was the fourth person from the red team to have her dish judged, and presented her elongated Chinese plate. Despite being difficult to eat, it was praised for strong flavors, and she scored that round over Motto. The blue team won the challenge 3-2, and they were rewarded with an overnight trip to Las Vegas, with a stay at the Nobu Hotel in the private villa, and flew in a private jet. During the reward, she hoped that the marque would say her name when she won the competition.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the meat station. As the women began working on their first order, she felt that the motivation has changed, and that it was time for them to play and work hard. Later, she felt that there was some good synergy with the women, and remarked that it’s been a while she has worked in a professional kitchen due to the mistakes from the past. When she sent up her lamb, Ramsay had both teams look at it, and called it textbook. After the women completed their tickets, Ramsay had them go into the red kitchen to help the men out. The blue team won the service.
After elimination, Ariel felt that the men were breaking apart due to their hate with each other.
During the Blind Taste Test, Ariel was the third person from the blue team to compete, and went up against Bret. She correctly guessed garlic, coconut, and jalapeno pepper, saving Mia from any punishments. During Kanae's turn, she was spared from any punishments, and the blue team won the challenge 10-6. They were rewarded with a spa day at Southern California’s Premiere Korean Spa.
During the Charity Night dinner service, Ariel was in charge of the branzino with fennel puree course. She was able to lead her course with no problems, and got her dishes out first. During the third course, a small argument between her and Heather occurred when she accused the latter of stealing her tongs, only for Kanae to point out that there were three spare ones next to her. The blue team won the service.
After elimination, Ariel believed that the men were so consumed by their own hatred that they were not getting it.
Episode 11 Edit
During the Dessert Challenge, Ariel got frightened over Valerie Gordon's harsh critiques, and wondered what the latter would think about her dish. She was the final person from the blue team to have her dish judged, went up against Trev, and presented her Thai lime and beet tart. It was praised for being yummy, having a smart concept, though Ramsay criticized the plating for looking long winded, and she scored 7 points. The blue team won the challenge 14-11, they were rewarded with a $2,000 shopping spree at Sur la Table, along with lunch at Joey Woodland Hills, and while she knew it didn’t feel like a strong victory, she was relieved her 7 won them the challenge. During the reward, the women met up with Sous Chef Jocky who decided to join them, and she felt it would be a good time to get to know him as she was terrified of him at services.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the garnish station. At one point, Mia asked her to taste her risotto due to the former's shellfish allergy, but she admitted it did not make much sense for two people to go back and forth with one pan. After seeing that, Ramsay decided to put her on risottos, and she got them accepted. When Heather was struggling on the refire, she was shocked as the former was both a veteran and a runner-up, and added on that Heather would have been fired if that happened in a real kitchen. The blue team won the service, and after Trev's elimination, Ramsay asked the blue team for one volunteer to move into the red team.
Back at the dorms, Mia told Ariel that she was thinking about moving back to the red team as she wanted to prove to Ramsay she could step up as a leader. Despite wanting to volunteer herself, she accepted that as she would be fine on any other team, and wanted to beat the best, referring to Mia. The next day, she admitted that while she originally wanted to switch teams, she announced that Mia would be switching over, before saying goodbye to the latter.
During the first Black Jackets Challenge, Ariel received scallops, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, celery root, and bacon. During the cooking, she knew that by this point, they should all be comfortable cooking a dish with unusual ingredients. She was the fourth person to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and presented her pan seared scallops with bacon wrapped celery root. Ramsay praised the cook on the scallops, loving how she confit the celery root, and deemed it a magical dish along with it being her strongest dish yet, with only nitpick being the unneeded fried leaves. She won the first black jacket of the season, and she felt very pumped to still be in the competition. She was soon joined by Mia, and the two were rewarded by spending the rest of the day at the Black Jackets Lounge. There, she said that she could not have picked a better scenario than herself and Mia to be the first two black jackets of the season, before toasting to their milestone.
During the second Black Jackets Challenge, Ariel and Mia watched a live stream of the judging, and while it cut out on the results, they both agreed that Bret and Motto would make it. Their predictions came true as Bret and Motto soon joined them at the lounge, and was excited to see the latter as she she wanted him to make the black jackets, despite still feeling she could beat him. Despite hoping to see Kanae make it to the black jackets, she was disappointed to see Heather instead.
Back at the dorms, Ariel was touched by Bret's story on how he grew from being a product of his hometown, and called him a sentimental guy. The next day, the chefs received breakfast, but as she knew that something was up, she and Mia stayed behind to further look at the eggs Benedict dish.
During the Taste It Now Make It Challenge, Ariel used prosciutto and Canadian bacon, and paprika to recreate Ramsay's dish. During the judging, she noted that there were some deeper issues going on with Heather after seeing the latter's broken egg and sauce, while her dish herself was well received. She got both proteins correct, along with having one of the correct spice in her Hollandaise sauce along with Mia, and Ramsay named them joint-winners, with her that her victory was a great way to start the black jackets.
They were rewarded with an indoor skydiving experience, and lunch at Sweet Butter. During the reward, Ariel compared Mia to a fearless firecracker as the latter enjoyed having a good time, while she herself had some nerves before skydiving without any problems. During lunch, she asked Sous Chef Christina how she felt over winning a black jacket during Season 10, and the latter recalled that night being a great one, before reminding her and Mia that not only would they all be cooking in one kitchen, but the expectation has jumped. Then, Sous Chef Jocky reminded her how she was once a black jacket back in Season 6, and while she felt that she was not in it last time, she was more determined now, and, after recalling how the rookies beat the veterans in the earlier competition, she deemed her mentorship with Mia over.
During prep, Ariel told Bret that she was not going to get into the arguments that night. During dinner service, she was on the appetizer station. At one point, Heather did not respond to her timings on appetizers as she needed three minutes on her risotto, which resulted in Motto sending up scallops before her risotto was ready. After service, Ramsay asked the final five to name two people for elimination. During deliberation, she left the group to consider her choices.
Ariel was not nominated for elimination, but when Ramsay asked her who she wanted to go home that night, she said Heather due to her overall poor performance. While being dismissed, she knew that she worked hard to get to that point, before realizing that it was all or nothing.
During the Tableside Challenge, Ariel made an ambongida duck dumpling. During the first round, she admitted to Michael Fiorelli that while she made the dish before, it was never at a tableside station before, while remarking that she was the only chef that did not use shrimp as she refused to play it safe. During the second round, she was asked if she competed before, and she admitted that she did in Season 6 where she placed third, before hoping to make it at least one ranking above. During the fourth and final round, she got Joel Miller excited about her dish, and she was excited that her table knew the dish very well. After the four rounds, she was a little worried as it was the first dish she was not sure about.
Ariel won the challenge, and was rewarded with a day at the Malibu which included a horseback ride, and a personal massage. After, Ramsay allowed her to take one extra person with her, and she picked Bret as neither of the men have been out of the restaurant for a long time, and told Mia to take one for the team as the latter had only done one punishment so far. While going back to the dorms, Bret thanked her. During the reward, she found Bret’s reactions being on the horse priceless. During the massage, she was in zen mode while at the beach, but got slightly annoyed when Bret wanted to turn his massage into a sexy moment.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the fish station. She was the second person to run the pass, and she knew there was zero room for error as she rejected Sous Chef Jocky’s tartare as he used tuna instead of beef, before admitting that she forgot about the sabotages from last time. Then, she rejected Bret’s carbonara for looking like scrambled eggs, but failed to realize that Ramsay replaced the onion puree with a fennel one. Despite that, appetizers were continuing to be sent out. After service, Ramsay asked the final four to name one person that did not deserve to be in the finale. During deliberation, she had no idea who to nominate, and was shocked when Motto announced his intent to nominate himself, even asking the latter if he was sure. However, after hearing Motto's reasoning, she was touched and tearful, and respecting his choice as she called it an amazing thing to witness before hugging him.
After Motto's departure, Ramsay asked the final three why they deserved to be in the finale. Ariel said that she had grown since Season 6 and that she was more sure about going to the next level compared to the start of the competition. She was named the first finalist, with Ramsay praising her for being the most consistent chef in the competition, along with the changes he saw from her since Season 6.
Continuing from the previous episode, Ariel was joined by Mia, and after Bret left, she was paired up with Sous Chef Christina on her menu. Back at the dorms, she was in ecstatic shock to be in the finale, and when going over the menu, she said that being paired up with Sous Chef Christina was a good match as she felt the latter had some good input. For her menu, she thought about putting together dishes that contained Asian and Latin inspired flavors, but when Sous Chef Christina expressed concern about the mackerel dish as that type of fish is not a popular one for people, she stuck with it as she herself liked it.
The next day, Ariel received a video message from her parents, and later, got an actual visit from them, which she deemed a cool surprise. While reuniting with her parents, she revealed that she was an only child growing up, how she was always independent, but also knew that she would always look from help from her parents and said that she was a product from her parent’s upbringing. At brunch at Republique. Ramsay pointed out journey since she competed twice, she admitted that services have been better since Season 6, and while Ramsay remarked how she has embraced them a lot better than last time, he reminded her about the raw halibut to his daughter’s table during the Sweet 16th service. That embarrassed her as it was the worst night to screw up and admitted that it was a major low for her that season. When Mia revealed her pollo a la brasa on her menu, she commented that she also had that on her menu but refused to change up her menu. After Ramsay left, she and Mia toasted yo being in the final two. At Six Flags, she and Mia, and their parents, spent some time on the rides, and she felt relaxed with her parents, only for them to see Ramsay with his daughter Holly, as the latter revealed that there was one more ride he wanted everybody to go on, the Full Throttle, before it opened to the public. However, as they walked up, it turned out that they were led to a stage in front of an audience as Ramsay announced that it was time for their final challenge.
During the Final Tasting Challenge, Ariel tried not to pay attention to her parents and focus, decided to stick with her guts on the mackerel and had to toss some salt over her shoulder after spilling some during the cooking. When it was announced that there would be some guest judges, she was getting nervous over who the guest judges were going to be. During the cold appetizer round, she made a shrimp ceviche with avocado espuma, it was praised for looking pretty, having a tasty shrimp and avocado, but criticized for not having the espuma taste strongly needed, and she scored 8 points. During the hot appetizer round, she made a wagyu tataki, it was deemed a party in Rick Moonen’s mouth with great flavors, and she scored 9 points. During the seafood round, she made a Spanish mackerel with verracruise, and while Josiah Citrin deemed it risky, it was praise for great flavors, and she scored 9 points. During the chicken round, she knew that Hubert Keller was one of the biggest French chefs around America. She made a roasted chicken breast with crispy skin was praised for being a good dish, and having the right amount of spiciness, and she scored 8 points. During the steak round, she made a mole-rubbed rib cap with carrots and fresh water crest was praised for a tender beef, and having a delicious mole sauce. She lost the tie breaker at 34 to Mia, but she knew that the real challenge came in the final dinner service.
Because she lost the final challenge, she was forced to have the final pick. She picked Kanae, Bret, Motto, and was left with Scotley. After, she felt that she deserved the Executive Chef position more than Mia. Back at the dorms, her team had a clearer idea of what she wanted and was confident as her team believed in her to win.
During prep, Ariel gave clear direction to her team on how to prep her dishes, declared that the young insecure women from Season 6 was gone, and that she was going to prove that she deserved to win. When she showed her dishes to Ramsay, he criticized the shrimp ceviche for having an unneeded puree and tasting overly salty, the albondiga dumpling soup for having even numbers and underseasoned pork filling, the steak for lacking any seasoning, and questioned why she would trade out her mackerel dish for another fish dish when it was well received during the Final Tasting Challenge. Despite reminding Ramsay how Josiah Citrin commented on mackerel being a mixed fish for everybody, Ramsay told her to stop running away from success and while she did not win the challenge, she had not lost the finale yet. Taking Ramsay’s advice to heart, she told her team that she is bringing back the mackerel dish and used the feedback to help her team.
During dinner service, Ariel called out her first order, and felt that her team was amped up. Later, she admitted to never working with Scotley until that night, but hoped that the latter would keep up as it was a lighter menu. Unfortunately, she saw that the steaks were getting burnt, and when she told Scotley to watch his station, he got annoyed at her for micromanaging his work. Then, she wanted Bret to focus on meat as he had a big responsibility, and even though the latter’s wagyu steak was cold, but despite feeling down by that, he got the refire accepted. Near the end of service, she told her team to finish strong as they started, while Ramsay reminded them that they were cooking for was the Six Flags table. Even though Bret sent up raw chicken to the pass, she told him to take the raw chicken back to the oven as she had no more time for mistakes, and soon after, Bret’s third attempt was accepted. After service, she was happy that service was over that Ramsay saw her as a leader that night.
Back at the dorms, Ariel felt nervous about what would happen next as she was wired up. As she and Mia were called up to Ramsay's office, the latter praised her for being the most consistent chef in the competition, along with not getting nominated once. After, Ramsay had both of them stand in front of one door each and revealed that only the winner's door would open. After they nervously waited for Ramsay’s countdown, both turned their door handles, but only her door opened. She became the winner of Hell’s Kitchen and won the Executive Chef’s position at Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace with a $250,000 salary. She said that she made it out a winner after two attempts, felt incredible, and even offered Mia a job should there be an opening. Later that night, she hung her portrait on the Wall of Fame with her father.
Ramsay's comment: "Since the first time she was here, Ariel has grown 10-fold as a chef. She is fiercely talented, extremely determined and a commanding leader. I could not be more pleased to have her as my executive chef of Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas."
- She is the second contestant to have kept her jacket after being eliminated, following Ji from Season 5. She is also the first contestant to have kept her jacket without withdrawing, as well as the first who finished in 3rd place who did.
- After her first appearance on the show, she became an Executive Chef at Hardings, before becoming a chef at an airport terminal restaurant, working for OTG, a company that specializes in sophisticated dining in airport restaurants.
- She is the second contestant to win the Blind Taste Test in both of her seasons (Season 6 and Season 18) after Robyn (who won the challenge in both Season 10 and Season 17).
- She is the sixth person to receive a black jacket in two different seasons after Milly, Nick, Michelle, Benjamin, and Robyn (all from Season 17).
- She is the seventh contestant who made it further in the competition on her second run, following Jason (Season 12), Robyn, Nick, Michelle, Benjamin (all from Season 17), and Bret (also from Season 18). She is also the second chef to win on their second season after Michelle from Season 17, they were ranked third in their first seasons.
- She participated in the sixth overall all-female finals of Hell's Kitchen.
- She is the eighteenth winner, and twelfth female winner of Hell's Kitchen. She is also the sixth consecutive female winner.
- She is the ninth winner who was never nominated for elimination during the entire season, and the seventh female winner who was, following Heather West (Season 2), Holli Ugalde (Season 7), Christina Wilson (Season 10), La Tasha McCutchen (Season 13), Meghan Gill (Season 14), and Kimberly-Ann Ryan (Season 16).
- After her second appearance on the show, she became the Executive Chef at Executive chef position at Hell's Kitchen Restaurant at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also got married, and gave birth to a daughter.
- (To Joseph) "Yeah, show some respect!"
- (To Roe) "Go fuck yourself."
- (About Trev failing the blind taste test) "Trevor, you should've had nicotine as a flavor, you would've got that one."
- (About Bret's terrible dessert dish) "Damn, Chef Valerie just annihilated Bret's balls."
- (About Motto) "It takes so much for a person to say something like that...and when you witness someone really, really understanding that they know exactly where they want to be...it's just an amazing thing to witness."
- (After winning) "I have made it to Hell's Kitchen twice and made it out alive, not only alive, but I made it out a winner and this feels incredible!!"