Ariel Fox Wins #HellsKitchen Season 18

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has won the Season 18 of “Hell’s Kitchen” which held on Friday night. The finale pits two New Yorkers against each other.

This season has featured “,” and after four-plus months it’s all boiled down to veteran Ariel Fox — a contestant on Season 6 (she finished in third place) — versus rookie .

Here’s a look at the two finalists as they battle under Gordon Ramsay’s watchful eye for the grand prize: a position at the world’s first Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and $250,000.

Ariel Fox

Currently lives in: New Jersey, “right outside the city.”

Where she works in New York City: Concept executive chef for Dos Caminos. “I oversee all five locations and we are looking at opening a sixth.”

Hometown: Brooklyn

Favorite food to eat: “My favorite foods to eat at breakfast are waffles and eggs benedict. If I had to choose a favorite cuisine is would be a toss-up between Mexican and Italian.”

Favorite food to cook: “I consider myself a master when it comes to cooking steak or fish. The key is always in the sear and the baste.”

Most difficult food to cook: “I don’t really find anything particularly difficult to cook … I guess my answer would be pastry.”

Most difficult moment this season: “Tilly’s birthday party! I was charged with preparing the food for Gordon Ramsay’s daughter’s VIP table and I royally screwed up. Oddly enough it was fish!”

Personal highlight this season: “I was so much more comfortable in my own skin and I welcomed every challenge with enthusiasm and confidence.”

Fun fact about yourself: “I am also really good at cocktails. I make one hell of a margarita.”

Mia Castro

Currently lives in: The East Village

Where she works in New York City: “As a full-time private chef for a family in the West Village.”

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Favorite food to eat: “Pasta and rice … anything carby, really. And, of course, ice cream.”

Favorite food to cook: “Making fresh pasta.”

Most difficult food to cook: “Artichokes (hate cleaning them), octopus (it’s really easy to overcook it, which makes it tough and chewy).”

Most difficult moment this season: “Any time I had to nominate someone from my own team for elimination.”

Personal highlight this season: “My perfect score on the first episode signature dish that won the challenge for … my team and proved … I was not to be underestimated.”

Fun fact about yourself: “I’m irrationally afraid of the dark, so my bedroom door, all closet doors and dresser drawers must be closed when I go to sleep (to avoid monsters coming in/out, OBVIOUSLY).

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