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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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46.

Allen    

It explains how she made that five course dinner in under 3 minutes.

337 days ago
47.

PT    

The results of these tests are supposed to be confidential. What's her name should sue the casino for failing to maintain her privacy.

337 days ago
48.

Coolbreeze72    

How totally stupid of her to screw up the deal of a lifetime...She will never get the opportunity at another job of that kind of quality now that it's out that she is a coke head...And I don't think it's right for her to get to keep the 250,000 either...

337 days ago
49.

Bill O'Reilly    

People can't just stay away from those god damn drugs...smh

337 days ago
50.

scrufacelioness    

Wasted opportunity. Smh

337 days ago
51.

DTM    

This is wrong of TMZ this feels like violating client/patient confidentiality. they were correct for not hiring her.... even though im pretty sure the higher up execs prob are on coke in many corporations.

337 days ago
52.

LVFlame    

True story: I recorded the season finale of this show. Attempted to watch it, but my DVR experienced recording issues. I didn't worry about it, I'll catch it onine somewhere. Ha. Then I find this article as I wind my day of work, down.... Priceless.

337 days ago
53.

mallball    

She claps for SOSA

337 days ago
54.

Carl    

You know society is going to hell in a handbasket when someone as well respected and seen in as high esteem as a Hell's Kitchen winner is busted for drugs.

337 days ago
55.

les_p    

why didnt use someone elses pee like the rest of us do?

337 days ago
56.

ness2782    

well here goes nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!

337 days ago
57.

Greeneyedjeepgirl    

Wow, this doesn't surprise me, knew this chick was shady!!! My vote was always for Jon. Ramsey please bring Jon on, and not that squeaky voiced bitch!

337 days ago
58.

Jennifer    

I don't get why black people put unnecessary apostrophes in their names.

337 days ago
59.

I DON'T GIVE A F    

Wow... It only takes cocaine 72 hours to clear the system. Most people get popped for THC. Hope she gets help before its to late... "Cocaine is a helluva drug" - Rick James

337 days ago
60.

Andrew    

I did not see this season of Hell's Kitchen, but I can't believe you all believe TMZ, hook line and sinker. Show us the drug test results and I'll believe this rag of a mag.

337 days ago
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