Home » Kate Chastain Calls Below Deck Med’s New Chef, Tom Checketts, a ‘Little B*tch’
While watching the latest episode, Chastain poured a glass of champagne, shook her head, and said, “Tom’s a little b*tch.” She shared a short clip with her reaction on Twitter, tweeting, “Candid reaction.” Checketts was newly hired and started to meltdown during his first dinner service on the boat.
He also complained about having to join the crew for a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for a guest. Girlfriend, bosun Malia White urges Checketts to join the crew. “I’ll go up but I’m not carrying it,” Checketts says referring to the cake. Adding, “I hate this sh*t. This is when you become the circus monkey.” When he arrives on deck, the crew happily sings while he stands by just smiling.
Just because Chastain referred to Checketts as a “little b*tch” doesn’t mean she thinks he’s not a good chef. She’s discussed what it’s like to work with yacht chefs in the past, sharing that most are a little nuts.
“The chef, that’s always a big conversation piece,” she told Hollywood Life before her last season on the show. Chastain worked with five different chefs on the series, sharing the chef Kevin Dobson was a different kind of crazy. “I just never knew what to expect from him at any time,” she said about Dobson. “Personality, chef-wise, he was just full of surprises, and the only thing that wasn’t surprising was that he was nuts, but just like every other chef. It was just like a different flavor of crazy.”
Chastain shared that chef Ben Robinson is her favorite Below Deck chef, but the two often clashed on charter. “In a personal setting, Kate is probably a little tougher on me because we’re very close, we’re both Capricorns, we know how to piss each other off,” Robinson told Bravo’s The Daily Dish podcast.
Chastain was also candid when it came to why she thinks chief stew Hannah Ferrier from Below Deck Med was fired. Captain Sandy Yawn fired Ferrier after White sent Yawn a photo of Ferrier’s unregistered prescription medication. Yawn told Ferrier she dismissed her because she posed a safety hazard to the crew and guests.
“On yachts, you can get fired for your personality if people don’t like you,” Chastain said on Another Below Deck podcast. “It’s happened to me, hard to believe, I know it was in the early years.”
“But if Hannah was a fantastic chief stew, hard-working, good team player,” she remarked. “I think they would have been like, ‘Okay, you have a prescription and you’re such a valuable asset. You did forget to tell us to put it on the ship’s roster of drugs. But now we will. Thank God we didn’t get caught. Let’s move forward.'”