‘Below Deck’: This Charter Guest Says Chef Kevin Cost the Crew ‘Thousands of Dollars’ in Tip Money

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kate Chastain, Courtney Skippon, Simone Mashile, Kevin Dobson, Tanner Sterback, Ashton Pienaar, Brian de Saint Pern, Rhylee Gerber

Below Deck constitution visitor Justine Vastano shared that the explanation the crew didn’t obtain a greater tip was as a result of chef Kevin Dobson served “diner food” in the course of the constitution.

Vastano and Dobson clashed in the course of the constitution when she tried to present him recommendation on the meals. Vastano is a non-public chef in Charleson, South Carolina. But, after seeing that Dobson was lacking the mark, she visited him within the kitchen to counsel he go increased finish together with his dishes. After she left, Dobson appeared livid and dismissed any strategies or recommendation she provided.

Kate Chastain, Courtney Skippon, Simone Mashile, Kevin Dobson, Tanner Sterback, Ashton Pienaar, Brian de Saint Pern, Rhylee Gerber
Kate Chastain, Courtney Skippon, Simone Mashile, Kevin Dobson, Tanner Sterback, Ashton Pienaar, Brian de Saint Pern, Rhylee Gerber | Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank through Getty Images

However, when the visitors later seen that Dobson was delivering the kind of fare they anticipated, Vastano returned to the kitchen to supply reward and apologize. But he was nonetheless offended. He averted making any eye contact together with her and advised stew Courtney Skippon to go away the garnish off Vastano’s dish.

His meals (or perspective) price the crew

Despite meals snafus and one visitor using the sofa for a number of nights, the Charleston crew nonetheless left a wholesome tip of $17,700 ($1,600 per crew member). But Vastano says the tip may have been higher however Dobson blew it. “So yeah … great professionalism,” Vastano stated in her Instagram story. “I thought when I was entering the kitchen that I was going to be speaking to a professional. Not some high school girl.”

“Everybody on the boat was calling his food cracker ball soup not matzo ball soup,” she continues. “Because it tasted like saltines thrown into soup. Worst pizza they’d ever tasted. Didn’t know why we were eating diner food on this luxury vacation that we all paid the same amount for and we were all expecting a similar experience for.”

“But uh … yeah … good job Kevin,” she says giving the digital camera a thumbs up. “On taking thousands off of everybody’s tip because we really wanted to leave more. But we couldn’t. Because of you.”

She additionally shades his feedback about her background

Dobson referred to Vastano as an “Instagram chef” and rolled his eyes about her {qualifications}. When she noticed him name her an Instagram chef she stated, “Let’s go. One, I don’t take pictures of all of my food because I’m busy working and serving my food at the correct temperature.”

“Two, I said to Kevin’s face that my job is nowhere near as demanding as his. I’m a private chef, I didn’t choose to work on a charter where I have to please people 24/7. Three, I went to the French Culinary Institute.”

She provides, “Four. What separates a cook from a chef is their demeanor, their sanitation, and their overall professionalism. I went into the kitchen to say ‘Hey listen, sorry if I made you uncomfortable last night. You did a great job last night and I knew you could step it up.’ And he chose to not look me in the eye, say ‘F**k her’ and tell Courtney not to garnish my food as everybody else got garnished.” Vastano additionally shared the clip of Dobson studying she was a non-public chef in the course of the choice sheet assembly. ‘She’s a non-public chef,” he asks within the episode trying aggravated. “Well, whatever.” Vastano added that Dobson had it out for her even earlier than the constitution started.

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