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.

Story developing …


“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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