Report: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Winner Loses Prize After Failing Drug Test

by | August 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM | Celebrities, Hell's Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay and Ja'Nel Witt. CR: Patrick Wymore / FOX. © 2013 FOX BROADCASTING.


The victory was sweet but short for Ja’Nel Witt, winner of this summer’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Witt announced that she will not be taking the grand prize (a fancy head chef position at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace) just a month after her win was revealed.

“Due to personal matters, I will not be joining the team in Las Vegas, but I wish them continued success,” she wrote on Twitter.

However, according to TMZ, there is more to the story than meets the eye. The site reports that Witt tested positive for cocaine, a big no-no at Caesars Palace and she subsequently wasn’t allowed to take the job, which pays $250,000.

The report states that Caesars Palace required Witt to submit to a drug test in order to take the job, something the company requires all employees to do, and apparently she “failed miserably,” per one of TMZ’s sources.

The good news for Witt, however, is that she will apparently still get the $250,000, which was part of the grand prize from the show.