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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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31.

KicksandGiggles    

WTF?? No matter what the "personal" reason is, at the end of the day, you still have to make a living and giving the finger to a $250K gig is plain stupid. Anything and everything can be worked out together with your job. Folks do it everyday for heck of alot less than $250K!!

236 days ago
32.

HngBlkBtm    

$250k is not that much money for the time and effort of working in Vegas. They sweep up more than that off the floor every month at Ramsey's restaurant.

236 days ago
33.

weezer    

She probably realized that she'll have no life working at a vegas restaurant and family comes first. The hours are long and stressful.

236 days ago
34.

CrowBite    

Considering that the winner of the show never really gets the head chef role and the contract is only for a year... she isn't missing out on much.

236 days ago
35.

lamusicphotographer    

Maybe its because she's a raging bitch. Didnt deserve to win. Ive never disliked any of the winners before but cant stand her. She might have actual personal reasons but she still isn't good enough and will never earn the respect of those that work for her. And she actually wouldn't run the kitchen, the winners don't, they always have somebody above them. Season 11 was the absolute worst selection of "chefs" of all seasons. Masterchef is so much better.

236 days ago
36.

J    

The responsibility must have seemed overwhelming. Too bad she didn't think about that before taking away someone else's opportunity.

236 days ago
37.

bmsvds    

Reportedly, she failed a mandatory drug test.

236 days ago
38.

Supreme_intellect    

She could proboly snort and a buffalo with those nostrils.

236 days ago
39.

Dan    

Stupid Token only won because that was the week of the Zimmerman verdict. Lite up, bitch

236 days ago
40.

Carl    

Personal matters? I guess that means the job interferes with her personal decision to get high on coke on a regular basis.

236 days ago
41.

TC    

drug tests are a biotch, eh? I don't understand why he chose her anyways, when there were several others, including the blonde lady at the end - who would have been better at the position.

bet they wouldn't fail a drug test

236 days ago
42.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Has anybody tested Gordan Ramsey? He seems like he's on coke 24/7.

236 days ago
43.

Mare    

She didn't turn down the job. She tested positive for cocaine and they booted her out.

236 days ago
44.

Gen    

No wonder she won , she probably added a little extra nose candy in every dish ! Hahah

236 days ago
45.

Vote2012    

That is why companies are forced to drug test to expose people like this...is drug testing now going to be considered racist?

236 days ago
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