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'Hell's Kitchen' Winner

WON'T ACCEPT PRIZE AS HEAD CHEF

Cites 'Personal Matters'

8/23/2013 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ja'Nel Witt -- the winner of "Hell's Kitchen" Season 11 -- has announced she will NOT accept the show's grand prize (the head chef position at one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants in Vegas) ... citing "personal matters."

It's been less than one month since Ja'Nel's reality show victory was broadcast on TV -- with Ja'Nel locking up the head chef gig at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Las Vegas ... a job that pays $250k.

Witt made the announcement on Twitter -- saying, "Due to personal matters, I will not be joining the team in Las Vegas, but I wish them continued success."

Witt did not go into detail about her personal situation.

"I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Hell's Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay, Caesars Palace & my supportive fans for this amazing experience," she added.

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Kingpcgeek    

Lets clear up something. Hell's Kitchen winners are not running the kitchens. No owner of a restaurant is going to turn over the reigns of a kitchen to a winner of a reality show. They are a highly paid assistant for a year.

241 days ago
17.

Anna    

Sounds like she is sick or something...

241 days ago
18.

DohenyOffSunset    

She must have messed up credit and the collectors would take all her money away. So she would rather be miserable than paying what she owes. She dum

241 days ago
19.

Jdest    

Geez you guys are horrible, she could have an illness in her family, herself or another legit reason that has come up since taping the show. She doesn't owe anyone an explanation and certainly doesn't deserve the name-calling for it.

241 days ago
20.

Ric    

I guess she doesn't have what it takes to be a Head Chef. What a shame and waste on Ramsay's time and money.

241 days ago
21.

traitorwithinme    

Look up the past winners. They were all mislead and didn't get head chef positions. She took the money buy out which is smart. Google or and see. they completely screwed one chef. they lied to her saying her work visa was declined so they offered the job to someone else which turns out the job was already offered to the other person during filming

241 days ago
22.

HardcoreSqueegeeman    

Could be a warrant out of NV or LV.

241 days ago
23.

Ric    

She ain't got anything to show for. Probably she cannot even know how to cook a burger.

241 days ago
24.

Delia    

Wow... I see a pattern here. Please do your research before you aimlessy curse and swear at the woman. http://foodiegossip.blogspot.com/2013/07/hells-kitchen-winners-where-are-they-now.html

241 days ago
25.

Lee    

Obviously something happened. Maybe her family refused to move and she chose to stay put. I know people who gave up well paying jobs to move closer to their ill parents. No one knows what really happened. Give her a break.

241 days ago
26.

Comanchegurl    

Maybe she got a better offer. Maybe someone she loves got seriously sick & she needs to be with them. I doubt any lazy person would bother going on the show so I doubt that.

241 days ago
27.

whatsup    

Most of the winners never received the "jobs" that they were promised anyway and were given the money instead.This is a common problem with HK

241 days ago
28.

HoTMZ    

She wasn't even that good to begin with.

241 days ago
29.

Ozzie X    

good for her.

241 days ago
30.

Whocares    

This just in... who the **** cares?

241 days ago
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