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Aug 23, 2013 05:57 PM

Hell's kitchen update

From ITV Studios: "The team at Hell's Kitchen was incredibly excited about Ja'Nel Witt's season win, and her opportunity to move in to a head chef position at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Vegas. Recent unforeseen personal circumstances will now unfortunately prevent her from accepting the position, which is a huge disappointment for Ja'Nel and all of us. She's an incredible talent, and we all wish her much success with the next chapter of her career."

Sooo, now what happens?? Anyone know why she can't take the job?

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  1. Oh crap, just read the article. She failed a drug test. Tested positive for Cocaine Tsk tsk tsk

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    1. re: maisonbistro

      That's a shame. wierd thing is i was listening to the FEAB podcast on the Nerdist Channel. The two hosts are foodies (though its not a foodie podcast) and one of them ate at Ramsay steak and saw her working in the kitchen. Maybe that was training before taking her position at GR Pub and Grill and prior to drug testing.

      1. re: maisonbistro

        Stupid.. if you drug tested all chefs many would be fired (like other professions). Who cares if she did a line on her day off as long as she was fine to work!

        1. re: kpaxonite

          We care.

          In our restaurant everyone is tested randomly and if you test positive, you're out. It doesn't matter how talented you are. You are working around very hot things and very sharp things and big open flames all day long with other people and we are liable if you show up high and burn or stab yourself or someone else. Or, frankly, destroy a $1,200 FoodPro or a $600 cart and giggle about it, and yes, I've seen both happen.

          Because what you do on your day off does affect what you do when you're on, even if you think you're okay, and it says a lot about you, and it's only a short step from some last night to "just a little" this morning before you came to work.

          No sympathy here.

          1. re: acgold7

            Im not pro drugs but if you are catching people through random tests something is wrong. If there is really a problem you would catch them high and screwing up. Note what I said is there is no problem if it was her day off when she used. I know many high ranking functional drunks I dont see why drugs are different.

            1. re: kpaxonite

              I think that would be because alcohol is legal and cocaine is illegal.

        1. re: girloftheworld

          There is nothing sad about that..she won it.

          1. re: kpaxonite

            because the money was tied to her salary.. if she is not working the job which was the prize then she didnt earn the salary

            1. re: girloftheworld

              I agree. Her prize was a job that paid $250k, not $250k.

        2. Anyone starting a new job, whether as a chef or a greeter at Wal-Mart should expect a drug test as part of the hiring process. i am making no comment on anyone's use of illegal substances, however, you should have some insight on your usage if you expect to start a new job or remain gainfully employed. It's unfortunate that she didn't make this opportunity a priority in her life. Also very unfortunate that the 2nd place winner couldn't have had the opportunity. She wouldn't be the first winner to just take the cash and not the job, but as far as I know she's the first one for this reason.

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          1. re: Firegoat

            Really? Perhaps that (getting drug tested for a job) is an American thing? Anyway, apparently there is a drug testing policy, and she almost certainly would have known, so, she should have laid off the coke for a while. The half life of coke is actually quite short.

            1. re: dbrodbeck

              It's common to be drug tested as part of being hired. Some jobs do random testing after hiring, some test if there's an accident on the job. When I was at Wal-Mart I got the impression that it was driven by the insurance companies more than anything.

              1. re: ennuisans

                It's probably more common now than it used to be in restaurant work, but I still think it's not very common in an industry which doesn't even check that seriously for green cards. If they canned all the coke heads in NYC kitchens there would be, well, let's just say a lot of seriously understaffed kitchens in NYC.
                Having said that, I agree with dbrodbeck that she knew she was appearing on a TV show, not just applying for a regular restaurant job - she should have known enough to lay off the fucking coke for a bit. But there's a cokehead for you.

            2. re: Firegoat

              No sh:t about the drug test stuff. I

              Too bad Mary can't take the job.