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Hell’s Kitchen Winner Ja’Nel Witt Joins Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill As Head Chef

Last updated: August 6, 2013 at 11:04 am. Posted by in Caesars Entertainment, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Restaurants. Comments Off on Hell’s Kitchen Winner Ja’Nel Witt Joins Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill As Head Chef.

Last night, world-renowned chef and international TV star Gordon Ramsay awarded Ja’Nel Witt as “Hell’s Kitchen” season 11 winner during a private viewing party at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill.

On “Hell’s Kitchen” two-hour season finale, Witt had one hour to prepare five dishes including an appetizer, entree and dessert. She beat her contender, Mary Poehnelt, 3-2. Before making it to the top 20 and later the final two, Witt competed against thousands. Previously, she was an executive chef in Houston, TX.

Fun fact: Witt originally went to school for optometry. Based on this past season, we see that she definitely has an eye for beautifully crafted plates!

“From the very first day in ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ I knew this competition would be unlike anything I had ever experienced,” Witt said. “This has been a life-changing journey, winning  ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ is even more proof that I made the right decision to follow my heart and turn my passion into my career.”

After the show, Witt joined the stage with Ramsay and beamed as she slipped into her official chef jacket. The “Hell’s Kitchen” champ is now Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill’s head chef, working under executive chef Jeremy Berlin. She will also bring her own cooking style to the popular Las Vegas restaurant.

Gordan Ramsay July 25 2013 Las Vegas  Photos By Denise Truscello

As head chef, Witt will bring her cooking style to Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace (photo courtesy of Denise Truscello, WireImage).

“Ja’Nel is an incredibly passionate chef and a strong leader, and I am thrilled that she will join our team at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill,” said Ramsay. “From the very beginning, she was determined to succeed, and I look forward to seeing her grow even more as a chef.”

Yesterday’s viewing party menu included cherry tomatoes with fresh mozzarella skewers, marinated grilled beef skewers, grilled lamb and fresh strawberry trifle, to name a few. Feast your eyes and preview other dishes in the restaurant’s savory menu.


Grilled lamb rack with broccoli raab, confit cherry tomatoes and rosemary lamb jus, served exclusively at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill.

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill opened in December 2012. The 290-seat restaurant features an authentic English pub experience with 24 beers served on tap and 63 bottled beers. While you’re here, try the Fruli strawberry beer and Ballast Point IPA – amazing!

Witt advises aspiring chefs to follow their heart and work on their craft. As for the rest of us? There’s nothing wrong with becoming expert foodies. Sampling Witt’s culinary talents is a great start.


A very gleeful Witt takes the stage with Ramsay as “Hell’s Kitchen” champion and head chef at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill.

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