Ariel Malone was a contestant on Season 15 of Hell's Kitchen. She was the winner of that season, and was awarded a head chef position at the BLT Steak at Bally's Las Vegas, with a salary of $250,000.
While not the most likable person on the red team, Ariel was a competitive chef that would do whatever it took to win. Despite injuring her foot, she kept going and, along with her loud presence, managed to win the competition.
Season 15 Edit
When the chefs arrived at Hell's Kitchen, they found out that they had to go to Las Vegas immediately. Arrived there, Ariel called it crazy as they just got to Las Vegas, and they were already getting celebrity treatment. After participating in a parade, the chefs met Ramsay at the BLT Steak, which was the prize winning restaurant, which she called awesome. Then, they were asked to cook their signature dishes there.
During the Signature Dish Challenge, Ariel was the eighth person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Chad. Before tasting her dish, she revealed that she was half-Jewish. She made shakshuka, Ramsay praised the dish for being a comfort dish that oozed quality, and she received 3 points. The red team lost the challenge 22-24, and they were punished by peeling 50 pounds of shrimp and making 1000 pounds of truffle mashed potatoes at Sterling Buffet. During the punishment, she was pissed as her dish got great reviews, felt that the rest of her teammates were not pulling their own weight, and felt that Meese and Vanessa were doing a poor job of prepping.
During dinner service, Ariel served a special grilled shrimp bruschetta appetizer tableside with Meese. She was not seen that night, and the red team won the service.
Back at the dorms, Ariel told Vanessa that she needed to bounce back.
During the Dumplings Challenge, Ariel was paired up with ashley. While most of their baskets were rejected for having holes in their dumplings, they managed to get two baskets accepted, and the red team won the challenge 13-12. They were rewarded with a helicopter trip to Geoffrey’s in Malibu for a seafood lunch with Ramsay.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the garnish station. When she found out that The GAME was at the dining room, she wanted to go and meet him in person, and was mad she was not doing tableside that night. When Meese left the kitchen to grab some more sizzle plates, she took the former's snapper up, it was raw, and she did not take responsibility for it. After Sherkenna's arctic char was burnt, she told Ramsay that they were refiring that order.
The red team lost the service, and were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, Ariel was considered for elimination by Meese and Dannie for fucking the former up by grabbing her snapper without her knowledge, but she refused to acknowledge that it was her fault, and blamed Meese for not speaking up about it.
Ariel was the red team's second nominee for elimination, with Meese as the first, and Sherkenna as the third. During her plea, she said that she was a strong cook, and believed that if she did not bring up the raw snapper, Meese would have done so. She survived elimination, and when being dismissed, she said that she took pride in her work, was not looking to make friends, and was ready to fight.
While going back to the dorms, Ariel was accused of being a bitch by Meese, but she argued that they needed to bring out dishes, said that the former could not even be a dishwasher at her own restaurant, and that she should be a telemarketer for talking about irrelevant things.
During the Jackets Challenge, Ariel was the sixth person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Jared in the spaghetti carbonara round. Her dish was deemed tasty, and she tied that round with Jared. The red team eventually lost the challenge 3-5, and they were punished by taking in a delivery of 100 pounds of sea bass, prepping it for the following service, zesting lemons, and eating a fish head soup for lunch. During the punishment, she called Jackie gross, only for the latter to mockingly repeated that comment back.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the dessert station. At one point, she got astonished after seeing Meese's trashed Wellingtons, and asked why she would trash the. When the red team got kicked out of the kitchen, she pointed out that they were hitting walls. The red team lost the service, and were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, she got angry that everybody was not accepting responsibility for their mistakes.
Ariel was not nominated for elimination, and when she was asked for the nominees, she went against the red team's decision, and nominated Vanessa instead of Manda. While being dismissed, she argued that Ramsay asked her who the weakest chefs were, she picked Meese and Vanessa, and that there was nothing to change it.
While going back to the dorms, the red team were pissed that Ariel went against the team’s nominee choices by nominating Vanessa over Manda, and Dannie asked if they were on the same team. However, she argued that Vanessa was the weaker chef, and told Dannie that she was put on the spot by Ramsay. As Dannie tried to get he to quiet her voice, she left in frustration.
During the Duck Challenge, Ariel was the second person from the red team to have her dish judged, and went up against Chad. She made a duck breast with pomegranate glaze received 5 points for being underwhelming. After Kristin's poor performance, she angrily deemed the latter's performance an ultimate embarrassment. The red team lost the challenge 30-32, and they were punished by prepping ducks for the following service, and eating a duck feet sandwich for dinner.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the fish station with Kristin. At one point, she got annoyed when Ashley's gas was revealed to be off as it was the latter's second time on appetizers, and wanted to kick her in the shins. Later, she was a little concerned as chicken and wellingtons had to cook at the same time, and that Jackie did not drop the chicken with the Wellington. The red team lost the service, and were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, she asked Jackie why she never told them about the pink chicken earlier, and when the latter yelled that she would have served it regardless of the cook, she remarked that they could not have someone on their team that was okay with serving raw chicken.
During the Holiday Platter Challenge, Ariel was paired up with Ashley on the Mardi Gras platter, and revealed that she went with that holiday because it was her scene. They were the final pair from the red team to have their platter judged, and went up against the pair of Chad and Kevin. Her first dish, a muffaletta, was praised for being spot on, and it scored a point. Her second dish, shrimp and polenta, were praised for being cooked nicely, screaming Bourbon Street, and it scored a point as well.
The red team won the challenge 5-4, and were rewarded with a trip to the Santa Barbara Sunstone Valley for wine blending lessons, and lunch. In addition, Ariel and Ashley's platter was deemed the best of the red team, and would be featured in the next issue of Family Circle. During the reward, she toasted the red team’s victory and welcomed Hassan to the red team.
During the Family Night dinner service, Ariel was on the grilled cheese station with Jackie. She was not seen that night, both teams were named joint-losers, and were asked to nominate two people each.
During the Shopping Cart Challenge, Ariel claimed that her chef’s shoes were not ideal for running when the chefs had a minute to collect another ingredient, but she went for bacon as it made anything taste good. She was the second person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and presented her pan-seared halibut and bacon back vinaigrette. Ramsay told her that it was one of her most brilliant dishes so far and, she received 5 points. The red team eventually won the challenge after a tie at 22, and they were rewarded with a day in stunt planes.
During prep, Ariel and Jackie argued on how much cream for the berblanc was needed as the latter did it by eyeing instead of using a measuring cup. During dinner service, she was on the appetizer station. While her risottos were deemed delicious, she was forced to start over after Hassan dripped sweat into the lobster tails. Then, Ramsay reminded her that the secret in being a good leader was to support the weakest chefs, and when the first table of appetizers were accepted, he urged her not to stop, and she declared herself a beast from the start to the end. Later, she got annoyed when Jackie declared that she did not need help despite struggling.
Both teams were named joint-losers, Ariel was named the Best of the Worst for the red team for being vocal and assertive, and was asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, she declared that she had the power, told Jackie that she would be nominated for being cocky on garnish when she needed help, and reminded her that she needed to take responsibility for her mistakes. Later, she told Kristin that she was going up for elimination for the French fry incident, but the latter believed that she was making a bad decision on personal beliefs.
Back at the dorms, Ariel fell down trying to get to the bathroom due to drinking too much. Then, when she was running to the bathroom, she tripped and possibly broke her ankle, and felt that her leg was getting swollen. Soon, the medic came by to do a checkup, and gave his prognosis that she pulled a tendon, and recommended that she stay off her foot for six weeks. That dismayed her as she did not want to leave the competition, and decided to go to bed in the hopes that it would get better the next day.
During the Chef Andi Wedding Planning Challenge, Ariel was paired up with Kristin on the seafood appetizer round, they were the first pair from the red team to have their dishes judged, and went up against the pair of Chad and Joe from the blue team. She made a grilled squid stuffed with lobster claw, it was criticized for looking phallic, with Ramsay comparing it to a bison’s penis, the squid being raw and chewy, and she did not score.
The red team were punished by helping the wedding planner, Kristin Banta, with the finishing touches for the following night’s service, and make macaroons. During the punishment, Ariel complained that her foot was killing her, and while the medic suggested that she get an x-ray that day, Jackie got concerned as a broken foot would mean being in a cast, and that could mean her time in the competition was over. Despite that fear, she wanted to know what was going on with her foot, and Hassan carried her to the taxi so she could go to the hospital. Later that night, she came back with a boot cast and crutches, but said that she did not need crutches to cook and revealed that she broke her fifth metatarsal.
Before service began, Ramsay noticed Ariel’s boot cast, and after telling him about her situation, Ramsay warned her to be careful. During the Wedding dinner service, she was on the dessert station. At one point, she felt that Hassan was running like a headless chicken than cooking the actual chicken. then, when Hassan's chicken refire was raw, she got pissed, and asked why he could not produce. Deciding to have the red team cook more chicken to be on the safe side, she admitted that she had no idea what happened to Hassan, and the third attempt was accepted. Both teams were named joint-losers, and were asked to nominate two each.
She was not nominated for elimination.
While going back to the dorms, Ariel felt that that the wrong person was sent home, as she was annoyed by Dannie’s arrogance by that point.
During the Ingredient Number Challenge, Ariel was forced to use the seven ingredients, and later, got annoyed with Jackie's "I can't" attitude. She was the second person from the red team to have her dish judged, and went up against Frank in the hanger steak round. She made a seven ingredient hangar steak with sweet potato, baby eggplant hash, and Brussel sprouts mixed with lemon, it was deemed great, and she scored that round over Frank. The red team won the challenge 3-1, and they were rewarded with a paintball excursion.
During prep, Ariel wanted to do a chest bump before service began, but Dannie warned them that she might steamroll them, and Ashley did not want her fake boobs to pop. During dinner service, she was on the meat station. At one point, she said that if Dannie was not comfortable on any station, she had no place being the head chef at BLT Steak after the latter admitted that she was not confident on pizza. Then, when Dannie went from six to seven minutes on her risotto, she remarked that the latter’s arrogance level did not match her production level. On entrées, she asked Dannie to run to the oven to check on her chicken, but the latter poked the chicken instead of cutting the thinker sides until she did it for her. That annoyed her as Dannie was having a sluggish performance over elementary aspects of cooking, even stating that her 13-year-old sister knew how everything worked. Near the end of service, she refused to lose another service, and when steak was accepted, she admitted that being in the kitchen was where she wanted to be as she was never accepted elsewhere in her life. The red team won the service.
Before the Bison Cut Challenge, Ariel contemplated using her crutches to catapult herself out of the bison’s way. She was paired against Joe on the ribeye, she won the shootout, and picked Japan as their country. She was the fourth person from the red team to have her dish judged by Ramsay, and went up against Joe. She made a Japanese ribeye with bok choy and noodle salad, it was deemed delicious with Ramsay adding on that it felt like he was eating it at a Japanese restaurant, and she tied that round with Joe. The red team won the challenge after a tie at 4, and they were rewarded with meeting Hollywood animals, and receiving Vitamix blenders.
During the Cowboy Steak Night dinner service, Ariel was on the fish station. While she got her scallops out to Stacy Dash'stable, they were sent back for being salty and undercooked. When she sent up her refire, the scallops were now overcooked, and Ramsay called it a fucking embarrassment. Then, her third attempt was sticking to the pan, and after an angry Ramsay called it beyond a joke, he brought the red team to the front, berated them for making simple mistakes, and asked for somebody to help her out. Jackie volunteered to help, and the fourth attempt was accepted, and was sent to Dash’s table. However, after Jackie's tuna was burnt, she accused the latter of not helping.
The red team lost the service, and were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, Ariel was blamed for causing the red team to get kicked out of the kitchen, and was considered for elimination by Kristin and Ashley. However, she remarked that she was not responsible for the burnt tuna, but when Jackie felt that she herself did nothing wrong, she told her that she should have helped out properly, and said that she was not strong enough before considering Ashley and Jackie for elimination, before reminding the latter how she struggled more in challenges and that they could not carry her any longer.
Ariel was named the red team's first nominee, with Jackie as the second. During her plea, Ramsay called her performance that night her worst, but she believed that she was passionate and creative, and while she felt that one service should not dictate her fate, Ramsay reminded her that she struggled that night, before remarking how disappointed he was. She survived elimination, and when being dismissed, she was upset with herself about her worst performance ever, and knew that she would have to push herself to go further.
During the Breakfast Challenge, Ariel was paired up with Jackie on the vegetarian dishes, but when it came time to choose between the two's dishes, her vegetarian sweet potato was forced to sit out as it had a lesser presentation than Jackie's. However, that baffled her, especially since Jackie was going up against Jared. After Jackie's dish received poor reviews, she was pissed, and wanted to smack her teammates in the face. The red team lost the challenge 23-25, and they were punished by cleaning up both kitchens and making mimosas for the brunch service, which included hand squeezing oranges. Back at the dorms, she angrily yelled at her teammates for their poor decision, and even asked when the last time was that she put up something that did not taste great.
During the brunch service, Ariel was on the appetizer station. After she had Chad serve her Nicosia salads to the pass, she realized that she forgot the quail eggs for them, and Chad was yelled for that. Later, she tired to give Chad some input on his dish, but he rejected her help, even though was trying to help him. Eventually, the remaining red chefs merged with the remaining blue chefs in order to complete service. Both teams were named joint-losers, and were asked to come up with an explanation over what happened. During deliberation, she told Chad that he should have taken more time on his French toast, but he disagreed with that notion, and reminded her how he took the blame for her forgetting to put the quail eggs in the salad.
Ariel voted for Chad for elimination, and received a vote from Chad. She survived elimination, and when being dismissed, she commented how sweet it was that Chad got eliminated after calling her out, and that it sent a message to the rest of the chefs not to mess with her.
During the Relay Challenge, Ariel got annoyed when Jackie did not speak up on suggestions. On the first round, she told Ashley that Jackie was not that stupid when the latter reminded Jackie to season the lamb. On the second round, she told Ashley to wipe off the burnt Dijon mustard from their lamb. She participated in the third round, and had no problems. On the fourth round, she told Kristin how to prep their carrots, but the latter told her to calm down as she knew what she was doing. She participated in the seventh round, and was seen getting things ready for Kristin so the latter could focus on platting. She presented the red team's pan-seared sea bass with fennel France tomatoes and purple spinach, it was praised for having a beautifully cooked sea bass, and they tied that round with the blue team. When the red team's chicken dish was criticized for raw carrots, she was furious over Kristin not listening to her earlier.
The red team lost the challenge after a tie at 2, and they were punished by taking in a delivery of two full lambs, and prepping them for a special lamb shank dish for the following service. During the punishment, Ariel believed that they lost due to Kristin’s inability to cook carrots, and felt that everybody on her team was lazy and slow. Later, she and Jackie had a spat over over where to saw the lamb.
During prep, Ariel and Kristin had different views over what to do on meat as the latter wanted to put her steak in the oven, while she said that she never did so before. However, Kristin deemed her a toddler for trying to nitpick at everything she did, and the two had an argument over the former lying to Sous Chef Christina about putting the steak into the oven. Then, an annoyed Sous Chef Christina put the two into the back pantry, and ordered them to work it out. She and Kristin continued to argue, with the latter arguing that it was a practice service, and that she was sticking her nose into things that were not her problem. However, she said that she was done being diplomatic, but knew that they still had to work together despite her and Kristin’s differences.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the garnish station. She was not seen much, but remarked that despite not liking Kristin, she knew that they both worked well together at services. When clearing down, she reminded Jackie that she did not have the other components ready as well after the latter vented over losing. The red team lost the service, and were asked to nominate two people for elimination. During deliberation, she told Jackie that she needed to relax after service.
She was not nominated for elimination.
Back at the dorms, Ariel wondered why Ashley was still crying as she did not get eliminated, and when the latter admitted that she may not be in the industry without her dad's, she was shocked as the grand prize was to become a head chef, and that Ashley’s dad apparently do not trust her enough to run one of their three restaurants. When Jared comforted Ashley, she annoyingly said that it was not a soap opera.
During the Blind Taste Test, Ariel went up twice as the red team was down a member. On the first round, she went up against Frank, correctly guessed coconut and peanut butter, and saved Kristin. After Dannie asked Jared not to get whipped cream in her hair, she was annoyed by that. On Ashley's round, she survived being shot at. On the final round, she went up against Dannie, and scored on apple, fresh mint, and garlic. The red team won the challenge 10-3, and they were rewarded with a $2000 shopping spree at Rolland’s Kitchenware. During the reward, she called it a chef’s dream to be able to buy anything they wanted.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the fish station. After Ramsay praised the red team for their strong start so far, she believed that the three of them were the top contenders to become the head chef at BLT Steak, while adding on that they only way they could get there was through teamwork. However, Ramsay lectured her for bringing her scallops in the hot pan as they could come out overcooked, berated the red team for going AWOL after his praise, and she knew that there was no time to argue about it. The red team eventually won the service.
The next day, Ariel received a visit from her mother.
During the Cooking School Challenge, Ariel’s mother struggled to figure out if the oven was on or not, and she commented that they had a love and hate relationship. Thy were the first pair to present their branzino dish, and she called it nerve-wracking to present their dish as it did not look like the original. While it was criticized for a hectic presentation, it was praised for having a crispy skin, which made her proud of her mom. It was not chose as the best of the red team, but the red team eventually won the challenge, and they were rewarded with a spa day at Berk Williams.
During dinner service, Ariel was on the appetizer and garnish stations. At one point, she got her appetizers accepted, and commented that Kristin should have known how to count to five after the latter sent up unbalanced scallops. After completing service, the red team received their black jackets. The red team won the service, and both teams were asked to nominate two people from the blue team. During deliberation, she asked Dannie how she could become a head chef with that kind of attitude after the latter commented that she did not want to deal with drama.
- She was part of the second, overall and consecutive, all-female final three of Hell's Kitchen, along with Kristin and Ashley.
- She participated in the fourth all-female finals of Hell's Kitchen.
- She is the fifteenth winner, and ninth female winner of Hell's Kitchen.
- She is the second contestant, following Dave from Season 6, and first female contestant, to win the competition despite a physical disability.