Hell's Kitchen

WED 8/7c



Ja'Nel Witt

  • When did you first start getting serious about cooking and why?

    I helped my mom in the kitchen as a little girl. It helped me gain a passion for cooking, but it wasn’t until after graduating from college that I realized I could turn my passion into a career. So after earning my Bachelors of Science in Health and Human Performance, I followed my heart to the kitchen and have not looked back since.

  • Why did you want to be a contestant on Hell’s Kitchen?

    I am a fan of the show and always dreamed of having my own cooking show, so I saw this as an opportunity to get one step closer to my dream. And 2012 was a tough year on me; I was laid off from my job, lost my uncle to cancer, ended a serious relationship and moved to LA all alone. With all this going on, I saw this as a sign for me to follow my heart once again and it led me to HELL’S KITCHEN.

  • What was your favorite experience on Hell’s Kitchen?

    My favorite experience was having the opportunity to work so closely with Chef Ramsay. He radiates expertise, passion, and unbelievable skills. Watching him work is like watching Michael Jordan on the basketball court.

  • What is the most valuable lesson you learned from Chef Ramsay?

    NEVER LOWER YOUR STANDARDS! The moment you lower them, it can haunt you forever. You can’t compromise quality for any reason! If you aren’t going to do it right, save everyone the headache, and don’t do it at all!!

  • What is your favorite dish to cook and why?

    Herb-Roasted Chicken has to be my favorite because I love the smell it radiates throughout the home as it cooks. I love how simple it is make and how comforting it is.