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.
Ben Robinson is the self-proclaimed “crossover dude” on Below Deck. Ben was a part of the original cast and series, and also appeared on Below Deck Mediterranean. He has not only worked with all three captains, Lee Rosbach, Sandy Yawn, and Mark Howard, but also the Chief Stews that have become an integral part of their teams.
Kate Chastain and Hannah Ferrier are the leading ladies in their respective casts. And while Bravo has kept some fan favorites, most of the other crew are replaced. Ben was always a cast fixture, except for a few seasons where he chose to be on land with Emily-Warburton Adams. Now that Ben is back in the galley, it’s unsurprising that he is asked to compare Hannah and Kate.
There’s a lot of tension in the Below Deck Mediterranean galley ever since Ben Robinson returned. The audience was relieved to have Ben back on television, but First Stew Hannah Ferrier was not happy about his resurgence. At all.
Longtime Below Deck Med viewers might recall Season 1 of the show when Hannah had an interest in Ben. After a crew night out, she tried to make a move on him, but he rebuffed her advances. Instead, she saw firsthand when Ben had sex with Tiffany Copeland. Ouch. Talk about awkward. However, that was basically a whole lifetime ago, especially since this show changes up its cast so often. Could that encounter be why Hannah was mad about Ben’s return? Or was she just done with all of the chef drama from Season 4?
Chef Ben Robinson is returning to Below Deck Mediterranean. It remains to be seen if he is to finish the remainder of charter season, but fans are awaiting with great anticipation to see the OG of the galley back onscreen. Ben left at the end of Below Deck Med Season 4 after establishing a romance with former second stew Emily Warburton-Adams.
The galley on Sirocco has been in shambles since day one. Anastasia Surmava was able to hold it together for awhile, but the stress of the job caught up with her and she decided to return to Third Stew position. And since Ben is stepping in to save this mess, it only makes sense that he share his thoughts about the real ghost of galleys past, Mila Kolomeitseva. She came into the situation woefully unprepared rattling pots, pans, and cans of slimy Vietnamese shrimp. Mila took preference sheets too literally and was unable to envision or finesse quality meals. Her reign of abject horror may have been short, but it will live in infamy.
Unfortunately for Kate Chastain and Nico Scholly they have to deal with difficult crew members in addition to high maintenance charter guests this season on Below Deck. Aside from Captain Lee Rosbach, everyone on the show this season is new to reality TV and most of them are new to the yachting industry.
As frustrating as that must have been for Kate and Nico, it does give them a lot of interesting things to talk about while they do press to promote Below Deck’s latest season.
Whether you love watching Kate Chastain on Below Deck or you can’t stand her, you have to admit that she’s interesting. Kate always has a lot to say on everything…and everyone. She has had her fair share of drama with her fellow cast members, but she actually keeps in touch with most of them- even her former flame Ben Robinson.
Kate had a lot to say about Ben, but she also talked about some other members of the Below Deck and a couple people from Below Deck Mediterranean. She even blamed the success of Vanderpump Rules for Bobby Giancola’s recent off-putting behavior.
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