Captain Lee from ‘Below Deck’ Says The Chef Does Not Outrank The Chief Stew

by Jeremy Spirogis
Captain Sandy Yawn

Captain Lee Rosbach from Below Deck weighed in on a dialogue about rank when new Below Deck Mediterranean chef Tom Checketts was deemed to have a better rank.

A viewer tweeted the query about rank to Rosbach. “Uh, sorry but the bosun doesn’t outrank the Chief Stew, check the stripes and the Chef doesn’t out rank the Chief Stew, they may be equal, and on some giga yachts the Chef is under the chief stew and the purser. Just wanted you to have the correct info,” Rosbach replied.

Captain Sandy Yawn
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Rank turned a subject of debate when Checketts joined the crew as the brand new chef. As bosun Malia White’s boyfriend, White wished to share a cabin with Checketts. However, White was presently rooming with chief stew Hannah Ferrier. Ferrier was uncomfortable sharing a cabin with second stew Christine “Bugsy” Drake and wished to go away the room assignments alone.

When White complained to Captain Sandy Yawn, Yawn mentioned they might make the change. “Tom just did us a favor,” Yawn mentioned in a confessional. “At the end of the day, the chef gets to pick his cabin because the chef has rank over everybody downstairs.”

Does the chef outrank the chief stew?

According to Superyacht Crew Agency, the place of chef outranks the chief stew. Chef Ben Robinson bickered with chief stew Kate Chastain from Below Deck previously about rank, asserting that he outranked her when she’d attempt to give him course.

However, as Rosbach talked about, typically the chief stew and chef could have the identical rank. When the chief stew is taken into account to be the purser, the rank is similar as chef. The purser function is often discovered on bigger yachts. “The purser is responsible for all operations in the interior department, which include inventory, purchasing and provisioning, accounting, organising guest activities, working closely with guests and crew, and assisting the Captain with the yachts paperwork,” based on Superyacht Crew Agency.

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Chastain beforehand addressed the function of rank. “Captain is the highest rank, and then there’s a first mate,” she mentioned on the Mouthing Off with Olivia Caridi podcast. “And we have those on the boat on the show, but they’re not on camera. Then chief stew is kind of up there. And the chef is actually pretty high up on the ranking but not really because they don’t have anybody below them. They’re in their own solar system.”

Rank is a giant deal on ‘Below Deck’

Chastain additionally shared that with out rank on the boat, “it’d be chaos.” She added, “In real jobs, I would never be, like, so rank-obsessed,” Chastain mentioned. “But it took me a while when I started working on yachts in real life to understand why rank was important. I kinda thought that anybody who had a higher rank in life and used it was such a jerk.”

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“It’s why the military has rank, it’s similar for yachting,” she mentioned. “Because we’re out in the ocean, and it’s for safety, it’s for order. And once that clicked in my head, why organization, in general, is so important, it really helped me in my real life.”

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