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Below Deck’s Kate Chastain details ‘big mistake’ with Ben Robinson ‘An intense rivalry’

Dec 27, 2021

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Below Deck’s Chief Stew, Kate Chastain hasn’t been on the Bravo series for some time but she often shares details of her experiences on board. She recently joked her decision to introduces chef Ben Robinson and Rachel Hargrove as a “big mistake”. Kate touched on the first time the pair met and detailed their competitive sides as they quizzed one another on their knowledge of food.

She explained the pair were friendly but immediately began competing over who was more qualified.

Kate said: “I introduced them after I worked with Ben on the first season [of Below Deck]!” 

Kate knew Rachel before she became chief stew on Below Deck and has a long-standing friendship with both the chefs, however joked she was always caught in the middle of their standoffs.

“Rachel was here, so I came to see Rachel, and I was like, ‘Let’s go see my friend Ben.’ Big mistake on my part,” she recalled.

“It was like I evaporated. I was no longer there, and it was like watching a showdown. 

“Like, ‘Oh, do you do gastric molecular or molecular gastronomy? I do that.’

“I’m like, ‘You’re both really good!’ It’s like musicians, you know. Like one is not necessarily better than the other. It’s just different styles of music.”

Speaking on whether they got along, Kate told Showbiz Cheat Sheet: “Well, they get along, but it’s an intense rivalry like they can banter, they can laugh. And I think they enjoy the competitiveness.”

Kate also touched on her friendship with Rachel before Below Deck and revealed they have a long history together.

During an Instagram live back in October 2020, Kate shared: “Very fun fact, the chef who was on board the yacht that I worked on, her name is Rachel.

“And she’s going to be the chef on this new season of Below Deck! I’m so happy for her. She’s fantastic.”

“She is so intelligent, fun story about Rachel. She’s from Tampa. And so was the season one chief stew. Who, by the way, she’d go out with wet hair? She was not how I would do things.”

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Touching on how she ended up on the show, Kate revealed: “So, Rachel and I were watching Below Deck Season one, and she knew the chief stew from season one.

“They did not get along. So, I said, ‘Rachel, I’m gonna take her job.’ So basically, that’s the reason I ended up on Below Deck because I’m such a good friend.”

Below Deck has been rocked with two departures from the show recently with Heather Chase and Jessica Albert both leaving unexpectedly.

Heather left viewers outraged after using a racial slur on the hit reality show.

The chief stewardess used the slur while sharing a scene with black co-star Rayna Lindsey during the December 13 episode.

Jessica quit the Bravo reality show after admitting she was too exhausted to handle the job and wanted to focus on her health.

She was placed on service for charter, but she constantly felt as though she couldn’t keep up with the demands of a fast-paced environment. 

The awkward tensions between chief stew Heather and second stew Fraser Olender also left her feeling as if they were frustrated with her. 

Captain Lee admitted seeing Jessica leave and not say goodbye to anyone on the team was a first for him.

Below Deck is available to watch on Bravo. 

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