Friday, July 26, 2013 | 12:51 p.m.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay announced Ja’Nel Witt, an executive chef from Houston, as the Season 11 winner of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” during a viewing party at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill in Caesars Palace on Thursday night. With her victory on Ramsay’s cooking-competition series, Witt, 31, becomes head chef under executive chef Jeremy Berlin.
“From the very first day in ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ I knew this competition would be unlike anything I had ever experienced,” Witt said in a news release. “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.”
“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, who attended the celebration alongside Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner. “From the very beginning, she was determined to succeed, and I look forward to seeing her grow even more as a chef.”
In the 2-hour finale of “Hell’s Kitchen,” Witt competed against Mary Poehnelt, a butcher from Belchertown, Md. For the final challenge, they created their own menus and selected and led a team of their past competitors for dinner service. Witt was victorious with her inspired and creative menu and strong leadership.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill opened in December and features Ramsay’s interpretation of English pub food — bangers and mash, fish and chips and roasted chicken, and Ramsay’s favorites, including bone-in beef rib-eye prepared on a wood-burning grill, plus, 24 beers on tap and 63 bottled beers.
Witt was presented with her chef’s coat at Caesars. Thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery of the celebration.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.