What I'm seeing is just a clear difference in personalities. Truth be told, I'm actually seeing a little of Christina's personality in Ariel. Like Ariel, (if I'm remembering correctly), Christina was very good, didn't get wild and crazy with anyone, and basically kept her head down and tried not to make any crazy mistakes. They ALL make mistakes here and there...none of the chefs over the years have been absolutely perfect. But, I think Ramsey wants a winner who is confident, learns from mistakes, is a team player AND a leader, who can be professional and who would be a great person for him to mentor.
What exactly is 'overly cocky'? Why not 'confident'? IMO, all of the others thought and expressed the same of themselves and their abilities? And, to an extent, you have to be confident, AND back it up, to survive Hell's Kitchen.
Yes, that was a bit odd, wasn't it? I didn't see that coming at all. Probably, it was edited that way so that we could see how Kristin flipped on Ashley. I'm SO sure Ashley was very, very surprised.