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?
Tonight we were in for a supersized episode of Below Deck Mediterranean, which delivered supersized drama of epic proportions for Kiko Lorran.
All the pressure was on the chef this week to deliver a Vegas-themed feast. But like any bad trip to Sin City, what happened in the galley didn’t necessarily stay in the galley. If the previews for next week are any indication, it appears some major changes are about to happen aboard The Wellington. But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, shall we?
Reality TV stars are quick to take on new ventures, gimmicks, and social media exposure. Some of them seek out casting roles to promote their wares. They have goals that outlast their estimated fifteen minutes of fame.
Although, Captain Sandy Yawn is clearly going to be a permanent fixture on Below Deck Mediterranean. Despite the job security, she too is putting her name on a new project. Captain Sandy is opening a restaurant.
Welcome back to another week of Below Deck Mediterranean: Docked Edition. That’s right yachties, we are still stuck on the dock. Which is basically every charter guest, captain and real yachtie’s worst nightmare.
This week, the crew’s third charter remains all tied up with nowhere to go. However, that doesn’t stop the charter season — or the drama — from creating waves aboard The Wellington. From Chef Kiko Lorran being tasked with a nearly insurmountable challenge to Hannah Ferrier and Bugsy Drake finally confronting their lingering tension from charter seasons past, the episode does a decent job of serving up the smoke and mirrors to distract us all from the fact that this boat’s not leaving the harbor.
Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier doesn’t surprise Below Deck Mediterranean viewers anymore. She either complains about her interior crew not having enough experience or having too much experience. If the former is the issue, she will have more work training them. If she has a very competent team member, she will feel insecure about the stew calling out her unenthusiastic management style.
Hannah had the unusual fortune of working with Aesha Scott and Anastasia Surmava last season. They all worked well together and became friends, so there was no drama in the interior. The premiere showed viewers that this would not be case for Season 5 as Hannah and Second Stew Lara Flumiana immediately butted heads.
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.
Captain Sandy Yawn never knows what she might face each week on Below Deck Mediterranean–a questionable chef like Mila Kolomeitseva, rogue stews like June Foster, inclement weather or a fire when she is trying to dock. She has to demonstrate patience, strength, courage and optimism despite what is going on around her.
Those traits are characteristics I am sure Sandy has been calling on lately as she is supporting her girlfriend, gospel singer Leah Shafer, through a difficult health battle. Sandy announced via social media in late August that Leah had been diagnosed with what seemed to be breast cancer. At the time, Sandy revealed that Leah had chosen to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Recently, both of them shared health updates for Leah via social media.
Captain Sandy Yawn had her hands full this season keeping her crew in line on Below Deck Mediterranean. First, it was debacle after debacle in the galley with incompetent chef Mila Kolomeitseva. Anastasia Surmava had difficulties with the burners and often sent out undercooked or cold food. Travis Michalzik rocked it professionally, but was reprimanded for reeking of alcohol after a particularly hectic night out. Jack Stirrup only found motivation to
stay on board work in the form of Aesha Scott. Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier got the brunt of Sandy’s wrath and was often questioned about her choices in team management and table settings. But that’s nothing new.
But one person always had Captain Sandy’s good opinion. Bosun Joao Franco was promoted from deck hand last season and did a stellar job, according to the Captain. During the season finale, Joao gave an interview to Sandy’s colleague and received a job offer. So did anything come of it or was it a producer’s stunt to further a narrative. The deck crew versus the interior vying for Sandy’s praises perhaps?