Hell's Kitchen winner Ja'Nel Witt has been denied her grand prize of a head chef job at a Las Vegas restaurant after reportedly failing a drug test.
Witt in late July was crowned the winner of season 11 of Hell's Kitchen by celebrity chef and show host Gordon Ramsay.
She won the grand prize of a $250,000-a-year head chef position at the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at the Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas, but tweeted on Friday that she would not be taking the job.
But according to TMZ, she'll receive a $250,000 cash prize instead of the role.
'Due to personal matters, I will not be joining the team in Las Vegas, but I wish them continued success,' Witt wrote to her 4,000 followers.
Sources close to the matter told TMZ.com that Witt was required to submit to a drug test in order to work at Caesars Palace and she tested positive for cocaine.
Witt did not divulge details on her personal situation on Twitter, but thanked the reality cooking competition show for the opportunity.
'I would like to express my sincerest thanks to HELL'S KITCHEN, Gordon Ramsay, Caesars Palace & my supportive fans for this amazing experience,' she wrote.
She later tweeted that she was looking forward to her 'next cooking chapter.'
Witt went against a field of 20 contestants on Hell's Kitchen and beat finalist Mary Poehnelt.
'In all my years in Hell's Kitchen, I have never seen a more composed individual than Ja'Nel. And that is why I am so happy to have this ambitious, creative and talented woman as my Head Chef,' Ramsay said.
The show's production company ITV Studios released a statement on Friday announcing their disappointment that Witt would not be accepting the head chef position due to 'unforeseen personal circumstances.'
'She's an incredible talent, and we all wish her much success with the next chapter of her career,' the statement on the Hell's Kitchen Facebook page said.
Witt declined to address the matter in a tweet she issued on Friday afternoon.
'Thank you for the kind words, and the rumors are very entertaining, but I won't address the negativity or ridiculous headlines #celebstatus,' she posted.