The original Below Deck show and its main spin-off Below Deck Mediterranean have struggled to find long-term replacements for two of their biggest stars, chefs Kate Chastain and Hannah Ferrier.
While appearing on Ferrier’s Dear Reality, You’re Effed podcast, Captain Lee Rosbach explained why he thought the show was struggling so hard to find boss stews for multiple seasons. The beloved captain simply said it’s because “it’s hard to find a Hannah … and it’s hard to find a Kate,” describing both as “extremely unique.”
Rosbach told Ferrier that she was, and still is, “one of the most successful chief stews on ‘Below Deck’ in the entire franchise.” He told her that the show “found what most captains already know,” which is that when there’s a great boss stew, “you fucking hang onto them. Period. you just do it You do what is necessary.”
The captain explained that trying to replace a good chief stew was “really, really difficult”. And I think that’s some of the growing pain that we’re going through at this point,” he shared. “Because we watched season after season and always got a new one. And they don’t compete.”
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While Rosbach was on Ferrier’s podcast, she asked him if he would like Chastain back on board. He shared that while he would “absolutely” love to see Chastain again as Chief Stew, he would actually rather have her back as a guest.
He told Ferrier that she and Chastain should appear as guests on the show together, and she laughed that the two “would be very good at drinking the rosé.” The captain agreed that the mix of drinks and Ferrier’s “quick wits and razor-sharp tongue” would mean plenty of great comments and criticisms from the yacht’s crew, which he would love to hear.
Although Ferrier never appeared in the original Below Deck series, she shared that she has been friends with Rosbach for quite some time and also spoke to Chastain before filming Below Deck Mediterranean. The former Bravo star said she wanted Chastain’s advice and opinion on starring on the show as Chief Stew.
Ferrier also revealed on her podcast that her relationship with Rosbach dates back to when she was filming Below Deck Med. The former chef revealed she sometimes called the captain “crying” and asked his advice.
Rosbach said the two “spoke for years” before actually meeting in person. “Quite often it was me in the middle of filming that would call and cry and say, ‘Lee, can you please give me some advice,'” laughed Ferrier. Rosbach said he was “more than happy” to help Ferrier. She explained that it wasn’t easy talking to someone who understood what she was going through in terms of the sailing and film aspects of the show, and appreciated Rosbach’s “amazing” advice.
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