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'Hell's Kitchen' Winner

FAILED DRUG TEST

8/23/2013 6:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Hell's Kitchen" champ Ja'Nel Witt tested positive for cocaine ... and that's why she wasn't allowed to accept the head-chef position at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in Vegas ... TMZ has learned.

Talk about blowing a huge opportunity ...

Sources extremely familiar with the situation tell us ... Caesars Palace required Witt to submit to a drug test in order to take the job as head chef at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, the position she earned after winning Season 11 of "Hell's Kitchen" earlier this year.

FYI -- Caesars has a notoriously strict drug policy ... and requires all employees to submit to drug testing.

But Witt bombed her test -- one source tells us she "failed miserably" -- and when Caesars found out ... they quickly kicked her ass to the curb. 

But there is a silver lining for Witt -- we're told she WILL receive the $250k salary ... despite the fact she won't spend a single day in the kitchen.

Fun Fact -- $250,000 can buy roughly 10 kilos of cocaine ... depending on the quality.

Attempts to reach Ja'Nel were not successful.

375 COMMENTS

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151.

Calico    

What a shame. I'd love to bust my @ss in one of Ramsay's restaurants, sans cocaine.
There is a real if not often talked about problem with drug and alcohol use in the food industry...
However, I do not feel sorry for her. A wonderful opportunity wasted.

332 days ago
152.

antigirlygirl    

Sometimes, drugs are bad for you.

332 days ago
153.

LEE    

"They try to make me go to Rehab I say no no no"

332 days ago
154.

Iknodatsright    

Ja'Nel a victim of predatory gossip... no facts, just a claim. Death before justice... see my commentary here: http://www.aliefpost.com/2013/08/janel-witt-tmz-and-savagery-in-america/

332 days ago
155.

SupremeGuy    

lol not surprised

332 days ago
156.

LoveAgent7    

Glad she still got the money!

332 days ago
157.

Wienerman    

I was thinking Paul Deen gave her the coke and a smile. Too Bad maybe they could turn this event into a positive and get her help!!!
Peace, Love and Wiener Dogs

332 days ago
158.

Darryl Sewell    


Past winners have said that the position is only a title only job. The winners don't actually head the restaurant. They are there for promotion only!!

332 days ago
159.

mistershifty    

Caesars and all the strip properties conduct hair testing, which goes back 6 months to a year. She may have snorted a couple lines at her victory party months before, and that could have done her in. I feel kinda bad for her, but JON SHOULD HAVE WON ANYWAY!!

332 days ago
160.

Umanyways    

Drug users shouldn't ever be given $250,000

332 days ago
161.

Umanyways    

What an IDIOT! who does drugs then goes on a reality show? Big brother does blood test and every test as well as many other reality shows. How did she pass that to get on the show?

332 days ago
162.

john    

ARLA you don't know what you are talking about. Employers can, and do, routinely do hair testing. I work at Caesars Palace and have worked at other casinos here as well. Every casino on Las Vegas Blvd. does hair testing going back a minimum of 90 days!

332 days ago
163.

OK    

She should have stuck to the bubbly. How embarrassing for her!

332 days ago
164.

mrmurry    

Yeah...but 250K...lets say a few flips....lmao...F**K your Kitchen

332 days ago
165.

saynotolies    

She shouldn't have won anyway...and for her to be able to keep the money is a shame! The runner-up should get the job and the money. She deserves it more than Ja'Nel! She blew her chance! (no pun intended!)

332 days ago
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