The most recent episode of Below Deck Mediterranan was absolutely heartbreaking. Captain Sandy Yawn fired fan favorite Kiko Lorran in the charter, without another chef on hand to cook for the guests (and the crew).
Then, she asked an absolutely crushed Kiko to be “professional” and “do the job” anyway, even though he had just been fired. All season long, it felt like she was just looking to cut Kiko down. Sure, it could have been the editing, but why did she check in with guests to ask if they really thought the food was good after they had already said it was. It just felt like a setup to bring you know who’s boyfriend on to take that chef spot.
Captain Sandy faced major backlash from viewers on social media and in the comments section on our website. Even so, she tried to save face with a post-episode Instagram post dedicated to Kiko.
Captain Sandy wrote, “It’s never easy leading a team when all odds are against you. Kiko did his best, he did not fail, he won.”
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She claimed, “He sees now that he must have the proper training to embark on a position as a chef on a Superyacht.”
Sandy concluded, “I know as viewers it’s hard to watch, imagine doing this job! It’s not as easy as it appears from your living room.”
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The conversation continued in the comments section of the post. A viewer wrote, “he wasn’t a team player… he was an emotional mess… if you mess up.. try harder… not walk out the kitchen crying… how do you suddenly not feed guests on a super yacht? Captain Sandy’s career reputation was at stake here… he didn’t have her back!” In response, Captain Sandy wrote, “thank you. You so get it!”
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When another fan told Captain Sandy to “lead with compassion and teamwork,” Captain Sandy reminded her that it’s “an edited” TV show before thanking her for watching.
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TELL US- WOULD KIKO SUCCEED THIS SEASON IF HE HAD A DIFFERENT CAPTAIN? OR IS HE JUST NOT READY TO BE A CHEF ON A YACHT THIS SIZE/ON A TV SHOW? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CAPTAIN SANDY’S REMARKS AFTER THE EPISODE?
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