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'Hell's Kitchen' Winner


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

"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.


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are they for real or is it because she is african american. this claim might be false. these tabloid can be fake. dont believe everything you hear unless you see with your own eyes.

146 days ago


Oh please tell me you did not throw in the African american card!!!!!! I live, sleep, eat and breathe as "the white girl" in my community. I teach nursing students every damn day from the projects, and I love and respect every one of them AND their culture. In my line of work? Failed drug test, is just that. A FAILED DRUG TEST! Meaning? You can't hold or keep a liquor license if you have a druggie on your team. If it was wrong, she would have retaken it to clear herself...much less work in a hospital taking care of patients with human lives in your hands. Get over yourself. The show is what it is..the contestants know exactly what they are, or are not "promised". I would love the opportunity to work under Chef Ramsey and get screamed at, just to make me a better cook.

129 days ago


Really the race card?!!! They wouldn't of allowed an African American to win of that was the sick of the rave card!!! How about more self reflection and less excuses!

93 days ago
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