‘Below Deck Med’: Anastasia Surmava Picks Her Crew however Leaves João Franco off the Boat

by Jeremy Spirogis
Joao Franco, Captain Sandy Yawn

Anastasia Surmava from Below Deck Mediterranean not too long ago contemplated who would make up her dream workforce, particularly if she had to select from the season Four forged.

Joao Franco, Captain Sandy Yawn from 'Below Deck Mediterranean'
Joao Franco, Captain Sandy Yawn |Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

The query was geared extra towards who she’d choose to be on a abandoned island together with her. So she had to think about survival abilities. However, she chosen some apparent forged members. She’d carry her stew workforce for positive. “Definitely my girls, Hannah [Ferrier] and Aesha [Scott] because I love them,” Surmava instructed Amir Yassai. Indeed, the trio was in all probability the tightest stew workforce within the historical past of Below Deck. Almost from the start, Ferrier, Scott, and Surmava have been like three peas in a pod, which sadly made new stew June Foster really feel a little bit ignored.

Surmava added, “Probably Jack [Stirrup] for entertainment. Also, Jack is a new daddy. Phoenix, he’s so cute.” But then she needed to title who she’d depart behind. “I’d probably leave behind João.” She laughed however then mentioned nothing extra relating to her comment.

Surmava and Franco butted heads when she was promoted to chef

Surmava moved up from third stew to taking up because the yacht chef when the unique chef was fired. While the crew was relieved, Franco was a little bit vital of Surmava, which didn’t sit properly together with her. She was clearly nervous to take over and Franco planted some extra seeds of doubt in her head throughout a meal with the crew.

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One purpose why Franco wasn’t thrilled concerning the crew shakeup was that deckhand Travis Michalzik was shifted into the kitchen to again Surmava up. “With her being in the galley, she also took Travis,” he mentioned on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Bravo’s The Daily Dish studies. “So that was hard for us because he was our strongest deckhand.” 

Franco insists he was additionally involved that with out formal coaching, Surmava may battle within the function too. “I’ve had amazing and incredible chefs, so you can get away with one or two amazing charters,” he added. “And I was just worried she wouldn’t be able to hold the pressure by herself.” While Surmava carried out fantastically, she ultimately requested Yawn to maneuver her again to 3rd stew as a result of the strain turned overwhelming. Chef Ben Robinson got here in to complete out the season.

Surmava thought Franco could be a superb captain

Surmava and Scott appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in October. Cohen requested the stews what they thought of Franco as a brand new captain. “He takes his job very seriously,” Surmava mentioned. Scott shared she thinks Franco has a superb work ethic too.

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But then Cohen requested if Scott or Surmava appreciated to nonetheless converse to Franco. “Hard, no,” Scott mentioned after just a few seconds of awkward silence. But Surmava mentioned, “I saw him last time he was here, but we don’t talk that often.”

While Surmava didn’t appear to have any severe issues with Franco, Scott definitely did. “I observed when he was final on Watch What Happens Live when he talked about like, ‘Oh, I don’t perceive why Aesha blocked me. We left such good pals,’” she mentioned throughout her look on WWHL. “The reality is he bullied me every single day onboard. He never stopped judging me and criticizing me. When we left, you’ll notice on the last episode tonight, I didn’t even hug him goodbye. I was so sick of him treating me like crap. So I don’t know where he gets this from that we left such good friends.”

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