Houston chef Ja’Nel Witt will compete in the 20-contestant lineup for Season 11 of “Hell’s Kitchen,” celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s reality television cooking competition. The roster, revealed February 27, includes 10 female and 10 male chefs from across the United States.
The popular program returns March 12 with its eleventh season debut, opening with a signature dish competition filmed before a live Las Vegas audience.
Ironically, on January 30, when a Facebook fan suggested Witt might someday become "Iron Chef," alluding to the Food Network competition, Witt wryly responded, “I’m working on it.”
Who is “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant Ja’Nel Witt?
Thirty-one-year-old Witt lives in Houston, Texas, where she works as an executive chef at Tintos Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar. Witt graduated from the Art Institute of Houston in 2008 with an associates degree in culinary arts. The Texas cook holds a B.S. in health and human performance from the University of Houston.
The “Hell’s Kitchen” Season 11 contestant’s signature dish is Thai Grilled Prawns with Asian Pesto.
Premiering March 12 at 8 p.m. ET. on Fox TV, the eleventh season of “Hell’s Kitchen” is themed “Get Out,” clearly quoting Ramsay’s oft-shouted phrase from every season of the show. Witt joins 19 other contestant cooks to compete for the coveted prize of a head chef position, under Executive Chef Jeremy Berlin at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace.
“It’s gonna be the best, craziest, wildest, season ever!” Witt announced February 27 on her Facebook profile page, pointing toward her “Hell’s Kitchen” run.