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Mila Kolomeitseva

Captain Sandy Yawn - Below Deck Mediterranean

This season on Below Deck Mediterranean, the drama has been all about the food. As in, food that was not up to charter guest standards–or even high school cafeteria standards. At least until third stew Anastasia Surmava took over the galley and upgraded the charter dining experience to Applebee’s level. The original chef, Mila Kolomeitseva, served up grub that fell somewhere between Banquet frozen meals and Spam Casserole on the culinary scale–and that is being generous.

As fine cuisine is one of the most important parts of the charter guest experience, it was surprising to see Captain Sandy Yawn give Mila chance after chance before throwing her permanently overboard. Captain Sandy’s hesitation to fire Mila left many viewers scratching their heads, wondering, what was she thinking?

Joao Franco Below Deck Mediterranean

On last night’s Below Deck Mediterranean the topsy-turvy crew continued to churn out amazing results, but the cracks started showing in the most delightful way when an overworked Joao Franco let his facade slip.

Even Captain Sandy Yawn is starting to crack. And in her exhaustion Sandy starts making ridiculous demands like moving the boat 15 inches to provide better scenery for the background of guest Ashley Brinton‘s music video.

Curled up on the deck of the Sirocco, like the guts of a sea monster, is the anchor chain. Colin Macy-O’Toole was distracted trying to do the work of 2 deckhands, after being woken up in the middle of the night, and somehow the anchor got twisted and knotted up. Just like a third stew became a chef, and the lead deckhand became basically a lunch lady doling out fruit cups and crispy chicken sandwiches to the crew.

Jack Stirrup - Below Deck Mediterranean

The crew continues to be strained on tonight’s Below Deck Mediterranean and that means tempers are flaring as everyone juggles extra duties to make up their shortage of chef!

Luckily Anastasia Surmava, with the help of Travis Michalzik, is killing it in the kitchen! The guests are thrilled, and Captain Sandy Yawn is ready to relax. Now if only the pesky anchors and the deck crews controlling them would cooperate!

Hannah Ferrier

Fans of Below Deck Mediterranean finally learned the fate of Chef Mila KolomeitsevaCaptain Sandy Yawn, rightly so, fired her and put Anastasia Surmava in the galley instead.  This firing was a surprise to no one.  Mila’s reliance on food that was canned, boxed, bagged, sealed, jarred, or persevered was anxiety-inducing.

It also put a huge strain on the interior staff.  Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier and Second Stew Aesha Scott had to serve the food.  They also had to be a buffer between the charter guests and Mila.  On the first charter, they decided not to serve an underwhelming plate of nachos.  Hannah alerted Captain Sandy to that blunder as well as the baking-soda birthday cake.  Finally, there was the confrontation in the galley over boxed pancakes.  Hannah tried to hold a proverbial mirror to Mila and her incompetence but it was unsuccessful.

Hannah Ferrier

How are you enjoying Season 4 of Below Deck Mediterranean? For me, I can’t get enough. It is one of the few shows I watch live instead of on DVR. The French Riviera is gorgeous and the new cast is interesting. And for the most part, at least so far, the crew all seem to get along. I even picked up my new favorite term, “oxygen thief,” courtesy of lead deckhand Travis Michalzik!

The one downside during this charter season has been the appalling, dare I say–culinary skills–of oxygen thief Chef Mila Kolomeitseva. Last week, chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier found out Mila couldn’t even make pancakes! Strangely, normally outspoken Hannah has been a bit reserved in voicing her opinion about Mila’s culinary prowess– and she recently shared why.

Chef Mila is fired on Below Deck Mediterranean

It’s all happening on, Below Deck Mediterranean! It’s all happening! By that I mean all the foods are shedding their processed confines, their cellophane packaging, and their cringing horror at letting Mila Kolomeitseva be the death of them, because she was fired. Oh, sorry, not to sound like Aesha Scott, but I blew my wad too soon by releasing this spoiler in the very first sentence. Cause premature information!

Anyway, after flunking another charter and serving the guests barely edible food (even with Anastasia Surmava taking over half of dinner) Mila begs Captain Sandy Yawn for another chance to redeem herself. Mila promises to stay up all night watching cooking vids on YouTube, for things like, um, searing salmon, or dicing onions, or the delicate art of Betty Crocker cake mix, but Sandy can’t risk another charter going down in flames over microwaved steaks. 

Captain Sandy Yawn - Below Deck Mediterranean

Tonight on Below Deck Mediterranean there’s a crew shakeup that will leave everyone reeling (I don’t think I need to bother with a spoiler alert since this is so obvious!)

After another disastrous charter from chef Mila Kolomeitseva, the time has come for Captain Sandy Yawn to do something drastic. With less than 24 hours before the new guests come on board Anastasia Surmava is thrown into the frying pan. Literally. Can she hack it? Or is it Mila 2.0?

Captain Sandy Yawn Said She Wouldn’t Have Fired Chef Mila Kolomeitseva If She Knew About Homophobic Comments While Filming Below Deck Mediterranean

Watching this season of Below Deck Mediterranean, it’s hard to decide what is worse: Chef Mila Kolomeitseva’s cooking or her personal beliefs. She supposedly graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, but she can’t even make pancakes, cupcakes, or nachos.

As if failing at her job wasn’t enough reason to be frustrated with her, she had the nerve to say that she didn’t want her son to see two men kissing among other homophobic comments. She did not make these remarks in front of Captain Sandy Yawn, who happens to be in a relationship with a woman. So what does she think watching these episodes back?