Adrienne Gang may have been the chief stew for the first season of Below Deck, but it’s longtime cast member Kate Chastain that’s become synonymous with the show. Does anyone even register the name Francesca Rubi?
Kate’s pithy and direct commentary about her crew mates is greatly missed, but at least we have her on Galley Talk.
It was clear to Below Deck Mediterranean viewers that it was time for Hannah Ferrier to move on. She was chief stew since the series premiered, but seemed less and less enamored with her job. Hannah often butted heads with her superior Captain Sandy Yawn, who described her as, “checked-out.” Hannah was asked to leave the boat when valium was discovered in her possession.
Bugsy Drake took over like a breath of fresh air, and Hannah went home. It could have been a low point for Hannah, but she seemed ready for life back on land. Since filming for the show, Hannah hit many life milestones. She and boyfriend Josh welcomed daughter Ava, their first child together, in October. Hannah also celebrated her birthday on Sunday with her family, and got a very special surprise this year.
At this point in the current season of Below Deck Mediterranean, it’s tough to find any super fans of Captain Sandy Yawn or Malia White. Captain Sandy’s blatant favoritism has always been an issue among the fans. Then she accused Hannah Ferrier of flushing “narcotics” down the toilet after Malia secretly took a photo of Hannah’s prescription medication and reported her.
Right before that, Captain Sandy had the crew change up their cabin arrangements just so Malia could sleep with her now-ex-boyfriend Tom Checketts (yes, they broke up after all that). Meanwhile, cabin arrangements are a part of Hannah’s job description as Chief Stew. Recently, Captain Sandy infuriated fans even more when she claimed that Malia is “secretly gay” in a video that she recorded for the Cameo app.
There was a mutiny of sorts on Below Deck Mediterranean. It wasn’t Captain Sandy Yawn who was the target, but Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier. Love her or hate her, Hannah has been with the show since the first season. While she comes off abrasive and petty, and puts median effort into her job, Hannah should not have been the victim of the conveniently-timed attempt to overthrow her. Though, without question, Bugsy Drake makes the better Chief Stew.
Fans called out bosun Malia White for her role in exposing Hannah’s reliance on prescription anxiety medication during the most recent episode. Captain Sandy’s judgment was also called into question. But what was their level of involvement? And did they act on their own initiative?
We’ve met a lot of chefs on Below Deck. The turnaround is not as high as the deck or interior crew positions, but most of them have left after one season. Sometimes, as in the case of Mila Kolomeitseva and Leon Walker, they don’t even the last the season. In both cases, Ben Robinson stepped in to finish the job.
Ben is the OG chef of the franchise. He was cast in season 1 of Below Deck, back in the days of Adrienne Gang. When Adrienne left, the glorious Kate Chastain filled the Chief Stew position and the rest was divine reality TV history. Kate and Ben had a fun, flirty rapport that also included a lot of dry wit and sarcasm. Ben also has my approval for turning down Below Deck Mediterranean chief stew Hannah Ferrier. Ben decided to leave yachting for a while after finding love on board with Emily Warburton-Adams. He has been quiet about his love life since they broke up in 2017. Now, Ben is sharing a new romance.
Kate Chastain has been a mainstay on Below Deck for six seasons, but she wasn’t the show’s original chief stew. Longtime fans remember that Adrienne Gang was actually the first chief stew on the show.
She is not a fan of Kate’s, and without any context, it’s logical to assume that she might be upset that Kate has held onto this gig for so long. Well, then again, she’s not the only Below Deck crew member (past or present) that has issues with Kate.
Remember when Below Deck was just a newborn babe of a Bravo show, and chief stew Adrienne Gang was the center of the entire crew’s disdain? Well, Adrienne sure does! And she is a teensy bit bitter about how easy the chief stews since season one have had it. At least, that’s the way she sees it!
To be fair, Adrienne was consistently tortured by her second stew, Samantha Orme, who perma-smirked her way through her entire stint aboard Honor, undermining Adrienne’s management efforts at every turn. Adrienne claims, “I think the chief stews since me have had it a lot easier than I did with the girls that they had. The girls that they had actually wanted to do work.”
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Drama on the high seas by Bravo will continue to float on!
Below Deck, whose freshman season was a surprise hit for the network, has unsurprisingly been renewed! Deadline reported that the second season is already being prepped by production company 51 Minds. Unfortunately Bravo is not bringing back the cast in it's entirety. The show is currently casting for their second season, advertising that they are searching for some "additional cast".
The posting reveals they are looking for: "additional staff members to work on the boat and appear on the show. We are currently looking for Captains, Mates, Chefs. Chief Stews, Stews, Engineers and Deck Hands."
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