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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.

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31.

lisa    

How pathetic. I wanted Mary to win.

321 days ago
32.

denise black    

wow she should of waited and cleaned her system out this year 2013 and applied for the season in 2014 what she thought no drug testing was involved lawd!!!!! stupid

321 days ago
33.

steve    

CRAZZY!!

321 days ago
34.

Italia    

She should have rang up Charlie Sheen and asked him what he drank to make him pass all those drug tests while he was loaded with coke.

321 days ago
35.

Lee    

And I gave her the benefit of the doubt. My cynicism chip needs a tune up.

321 days ago
36.

WTF    

WTF? Blow is out of your system in 3 days! She couldn't lay off for that long? SHe must have a bad habit.

321 days ago
37.

Italia    

She was probably doing lines with Chef Ramsey.

321 days ago
38.

SASHA    

I smell something foul. Total set up! Who stands to gain the most if Ja'Nel loses her position? Psycho MARY!!! Ja'Nel and Mary attended an event before her drug test. What if Mary knew that Caeser's conducts drug testing and put cocaine in one of Ja'Nel's drinks/food? Her psycho ass would then be given the head chef job since she was runner up. Just sayin'...

321 days ago
39.

Azone    

I thought she was ok. Not to sound bad but I was wondering how she was so skinny around all that food

321 days ago
40.

bloobachino    

Lol Chef ramsay should test the contestants before HK & after

321 days ago
41.

Sonja    

Wow.. stupid! She was voted off fairly early and yet was still given an amazing job opportunity.. let me say it again.. STUPID!

321 days ago
42.

jarhead333    

No .... Black people don't do cocaine....

321 days ago
43.

Allen    

Food Network should do a drug test of their contestants before they are ever on the show, but they probably didn't.

321 days ago
44.

Just_Me    

Wow, I am SHOCKED! She could cook her ass off!

321 days ago
45.

Nik    

"A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing." For those of you out there who think they can beat the system but just waiting a "few days" its no wonder you always get caught. Weed, cocaine and other illegal and legal substances stay in your hair follicles for at least 6 months and can be detected with a hair drug test. Stop trying to beat the system and JUST SAY NO!!.

321 days ago
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