Below Deck Season 2 stew Amy Johnson is not the most memorable alum. She was charming, sweet, hard working, and ever cheerful. Despite this, Chief Stew Kate Chastain still found a way to ostracize her. In typical Kate style, she used a friendship with her second stew to alienate the third stew. And Kat Held was happy to play along.
Amy was, in fact, fantastic at her job. But that doesn’t make for entertaining reality TV, so after Amy left the series to be closer to her boyfriend, she was quickly replaced. Ironically, she and Kate became friends after filming wrapped. Amy has been active on social media since her departure, supporting the show and her former chief stew.
Ashton Pienaar gave Below Deck viewers two seasons of incredibly charged behavior and infamous moments. As a deckhand, Ashton nearly lost his life after a mishap with tow lines. Last season Ashton was the misogynistic bosun who couldn’t apologize enough to Kate Chastain, Rhylee Gerber, and Captain Lee Rosbach.
Ashton did have some tender moments as well. He often talked about “planting seeds,” which more times than not were fruitless attempts. But Ashton did manage to hook up with Laura Betancourt in season 6 and the two remained friends after filming ended.
Below Deck Mediterranean has hit the ground running with the season 5 premiere airing this week. Chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier wasted no time in being annoyed this season. It started almost immediately when she greeted her first surprise co-crew member and bosun, Malia White. It’s like she already can’t be bothered by coworkers of season’s past. In case you missed it, there are some teasers of tension between these two from Captain Sandy Yawn.
Hannah’s attitude only gets worse when Hannah meets new stewardess Lara Flumiani. We all saw in the season trailer that Lara would fill the role of stewardess who challenges Hannah’s management style this year. That became even more clear when we watched this year’s version of tablescape drama emerge. Before the yacht even leaves the dock for it’s first voyage you can tell Hannah is already over this charter season.
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.
We’ve come to know that all yachting chefs are difficult to work with. Chief Stews Kate Chastain and Hannah Ferrier can attest to this and often say it in exasperated tones when complaining about their coworker in the galley.
Jenna MacGillivray ended up falling for chef Adam Glick on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. It was sort of cute to watch them flirt in the beginning. Then again, we didn’t have to walk in on it all the time and feel the discomfort that Madison Stalker did. Arguments started even before they hooked up, but after the fact, Adam seemed to drift into fight or flight mode. His moods permeated throughout the boat and caused tension for the rest of the crew as well.
One of the most important crew relationships on any Below Deck show is the dynamic between the captain and the chief stew. Everything that occurs on the boat, from charter guest parties to personnel issues flows from the camaraderie between the two positions.
Of all the Below Deck shows, the closest captain-chief stew relationship has been between Captain Lee Rosbach and Chief Stew Kate Chastain. Through six seasons of sailing the Caribbean and South Pacific together, the two have had each other’s backs through stormy seas, out-of-control guests and unhappy crew members. When Kate announced she was leaving the show, many people were surprised. Count Captain Lee among them.
Many Below Deck fans were upset when Kate Chastain announced her departure from the show. In contrast, there were a couple stews who were probably relieved.
No one can blame her for being done with those long hours and all of the cleaning. However, Kate does enjoy providing her commentary, which is something the viewers will miss. Recently, Kate teased that she will be back on TV soon. In the meantime, she has another project starting up.
It will be a new era when Below Deck returns for Season 8. Don’t worry, Captain Lee Rosbach is still be onboard. However, six-season Chief Stew Kate Chastain is done with Below Deck forever. And, to be honest, I don’t blame her. Working on yacht just seems so exhausting.
But, talking shit on reality TV sure seems like a fun gig, and something that Kate excels at. So will she be back on our screens sometime soon?