Now we know that Chef Ben Robinson is back on board the Sirocco after a wild run in the galley on Below Deck Mediterranean this season. And for Captain Sandy Yawn — who first fired Chef Mila Kolomeitseva before promoting third stew Anastasia Surmava (who would later step down) — Ben's return is downright triumphant.
"I'm blown away by his ability," Captain Sandy told The Feast. "I'll open a fridge and go, 'There's nothing in there and then [talented chefs like Ben] create this three-course meal out of my 'nothing in there.' That's the magic of the chef [versus a third stew promoted to chef]. What he did with — do we have yellow curry, do we have green? And he created that lunch that's phenomenal. It blows my mind."
She called Ben a "true professional, absolutely," praising him for his natural prioritization of the food-related tasks at hand, versus getting bogged down in emotion. "He doesn't think about feelings," she said. "When you have someone that's that passionate about food, they don't give a s---. If something comes back [from guests' to the galley] and there's food on that plate, he's like why didn't they eat that? He's the real deal."
Overall, Sandy summed it up, " I am in awe of chefs. And for me, this season is all about the galley."
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