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Hannah Ferrier Weighs in on Chef Kiko's Vegas-Theme-Dinner Disaster
The Below Deck Mediterranean chief stewardess explained why Kiko's experience on a private boat was a "whole different ballgame" from cooking on a charter yacht.
Is Mexican food cursed on Below Deck Mediterranean? After chef Mila Kolomeitseva's infamous taco night on season 4, Hindrigo "Kiko" Lorran set out to make nachos as part of a Las Vegas-themed dinner on Season 5. Spoiler alert: Kiko's losing streak, which began playing out on the previous charter, continued.
When Captain Sandy Yawn saw the soggy-looking plate of cheesy chips — and heard the charter guests compare the spread to a "kids' birthday party" — she was less than impressed. (See the clip above.) So, how did Hannah Ferrier feel about that cringe-worthy array of fried foods?
When she appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on July 27, the chief stew opened up about the season's biggest kitchen calamity to date. "To be honest, I thought the Vegas theme was going to be a good idea," she said. "A lot of the food that we served [the guests] had on the preference sheet, so we were giving them what we wanted. We just needed a bit more pizazz with the presentation."
Hannah did cop that if she'd seen the nachos before they hit the table, she may not have served them, just as she hadn't let the charter guests see Mila's tacos last year.
Overall, "I think that Kiko definitely had room for improvement, but I kind of saw that from the start," she said. "I feel like when you're used to working on a private boat, you're used to the same guests, and you're used to the same tastes over and over. So working then on a charter boat with American guests is just a whole different ballgame. So I don't think [Kiko] quite knew what he was in for when he signed up for the job [aboard The Wellington.]"
One viewer wrote in to ask whether Hannah feels that Captain Sandy continually asking guests about the food leads them to be more critical. "Yes, of course it does!" the mama-to-be said quickly.