Why Below Deck Down Under’s Aesha Scott wasn’t a fan of Chef Ryan McKeown

Things don’t always go smoothly for the “Below Deck” crew. This even applies to the “Below Deck Down Under” yachties.

However, according to Boatswain Jamie Sayed, conflict within the team is perfectly normal and expected. After all, it’s her job. “You get frustrated with people, you know? Yes, we had our frustrations, but no, that just happens in this industry,” he told Bravo TV. “That’s not unusual.” Captain Jason Chambers echoed the same sentiment, saying the pressure can sometimes spill over onto people, affecting their behavior and relationships with the other yachties. “Every crew struggles with fatigue and work environments change and attitudes change,” he told Us Weekly. “And then, like I said, when the attitude changes, they lose focus.”

But there are times when the consequences go well beyond “losing focus.” Sometimes it can result in a member of the crew going missing, as happened with chef Ryan McKeown. After several altercations with the team, particularly Chief Stew Aesha Scott, McKeown was fired from the ship.

Aesha Scott said chef Ryan McKeown has ‘no conscience’

As a long-time Below Deck steward, Aesha Scott has had the opportunity to work with several chefs – some she gets along with perfectly, others she clashes with. However, chef Ryan McKeown proved to be in a league of his own. Scott told Decision Maker that she sometimes lets bad attitude slip when a chef is talented enough, but according to her, McKeown is not only a “bad chef,” he’s also a certified “a**hole.”

“By far,” she said when asked if McKeown was the most difficult chef she’s ever dealt with. “Cooks are mostly assholes. I’ve dealt with other chefs before who could be really mean, but they were great at cooking, so I gave them a little pass. Ryan wasn’t a good cook.” She added that McKeown showed no remorse when he screwed up, so she wasn’t surprised he ended up getting fired. “After an explosion, most cooks have the sense to apologize for blowing up on you, but Ryan had no conscience and didn’t care. He would throw tantrums and then not talk to me,” she continued. “Towards the end I just left him alone to do what he wanted and he ended up getting fired.”

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Scott also described the chef as arrogant. “If arrogant was personified, it would be Ryan. He’s a very arrogant man,” she told Us Weekly. “I think that’s something that everyone — not just as a chef — it’s kind of difficult to be with someone who’s arrogant.”

Chef Ryan McKeown said he was created as a “villain” in Below Deck Down Under

Meanwhile, chef Ryan McKeown already knew before the show aired that he would be the resident villain on Below Deck Down Under. He said it’s the production team’s job to keep the series entertaining and unfortunately he has to make compromises.

“Everyone has a job to do and I’ve said it before, production has a job to do,” he told showbiz CheatSheet, adding that he knew he was being mocked and that he never let the criticism get to him . “There are a lot of great parts and a lot of great meals that I’ve put out that aren’t going to make it. beach picnics and so on. So it’s for the viewers, it’s for their entertainment. And I recently connected to the Shake. .. Chatterjee from Love is Blind on Netflix. Who was like a super villain and blew up every night. So he and I started touching. And yes, I anticipated the hate. I’m really enjoying it because it will only make me move on. So bring it with you.”

While McKeown put up with it all, Captain Jason Chambers gave him the boot anyway. “There will be ups and downs in the yachting industry. We’re trying to achieve the high standard of hospitality, and those guests are paying money, and we constantly have to keep that focus,” he told Us Weekly. “If people can’t see that or are against it, then as a captain I have to change something.”

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