NEW JERSEY -- Ariel Fox, Concept Executive Chef for Dos Caminos in New York, and winner of Hell’s Kitchen, Season 18, shared her secrets for success in the competitive and challenging culinary world on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

Adubato first asked her about her experiences with Gordon Ramsay, host of Hell’s Kitchen. Fox said she’s always been thick-skinned and growing up with a strict father helped prepare her for the competition. Fox has been a two-time contestant on the show; she came in third place in Season 6 of Hell’s Kitchen. Gordon Ramsay was “very intimidating, but he just brings the best out of people.” 

New Jersey residents might best know Fox’s work revamping the dining options in the United Airlines terminal at Newark Liberty Airport over the past several years. Her current position at Dos Caminos, a Mexican restaurant with four locations in Manhattan, she describes as “not just about coming up with dishes and cooking whatever I want, it’s about figuring out the identity of the restaurant.” 

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Her success on Hell’s Kitchen and in kitchens across the country is rooted in risk-taking. “Don’t play it safe,” Fox said. “From this moment forward, you’ve got to push yourself, you’ve got to make yourself uncomfortable.”

“If you can’t find your zen among the chaos and the angst,” Fox added, “you’re not pushing yourself hard enough,” she said. “You’ll never succeed or get further than the wall you’ve put up for yourself,” said Fox. “If you’re comfortable, you’re not going to grow.”