Below Decks Kate Chastain admits to be the worst as she reflects on yachting career
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Bravo’s reality series Below Deck followed a group of people working onboard a yacht which more than often included chaotic feuds and entertaining drunk moments. Star Kate Chastain recently opened up about her career and confessed to being a horrible Chief Stew.
Speaking to Showbiz Cheat Sheet Kate explained: “When I started, I was not good. I was the worst 3rd stew ever, I was like, ‘You want me to work more than eight hours?’”
Despite being beloved by fans for her role, at one point things got bad she was forced to apologize to her former chief stew for being “such a brat.”
Kate joined the reality series in 2014 and recalled her early days when she protested by staying in the laundry room.
Although her rocky start with her former first Chief Stew the two have now become good friends after apologising: “I sent her a mea culpa email. Like years later, I was like, ‘I’m really sorry. I was such a brat. This is really hard.’”
In an interview with The Daily Dish, she stated: “We are very good friends because when I got my first chief stew job, I think in any profession you think the job above you, like ‘I would be so good at that.’
“And then you’re like, ‘Wow, there’s a lot more that I didn’t even know.’
“Before I was a chief stew, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that job is so easy. I could do such a better job.’ And then, I became a chief stew and there were so many things that I didn’t know had to be done.” she explained.
Fans will remember Kate’s showdown with the new third stew Laura Betancourt back in season six.
Tensions rose between the two after Kate checked in on Laura’s turndown service, where she told the chief stew to “check yourself.”
However, it started when Laura joined the yacht midseason replacing Caroline Bedol who suddenly quit and lashed out at Kate for being too demanding.
Although the two have since reconciled and become friends, Kate announced she would take a step back from yachting in 2020.
With season seven being her final appearance on Below Deck as Chief stew an altercation with bosun Ashton Pienaar motivated her exit.
Season seven was one of the toughest for Kate as she was verbally and nearly physically assaulted by a drunk Ashton after a night out.
After the scary confrontation, he ended up punching the window of the van which was taking the crew members home.
During a confessional scene, she also recalled it was also during the season she had an epiphany after she encountered the first boat she worked on.
“That was my first boat and I have wanted to see that boat for 10 years, I had never seen it.
“And the fact that I saw it on this freak-ass small dock in Thailand, at the end of the season, it was literally a full circle. I guess it was a half-circle around the globe,” Kate concluded.
After her departure from Below Deck, Kate decided to stop yachting all together and focus on her businesses on shore.
Although she continues to make appearances elsewhere on Bravo she has also become a successful event planner alongside her first chief stew.
Kate continued: “When I was living in New York, as luck would have it, my first chief stew ever, she called me,” she added, ”she knew I was taking a break from yachting. I was looking for my next chapter. And I had no idea what that was going to be. So it was a very natural progression.”
Below Deck returns to Bravo on Monday, January 3.
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