Below Deck Mediterranean kicked off Season 4 with a female chef for the first time in franchise history: Mila Kolomeitseva. But her tenure at the top didn't last long, with Captain Sandy Yawn demoting her from her position in the galley after a rocky start involving sub-par Mexican food, a steak-licking incident, and other unmissable missteps.
Chief stew Hannah Ferrier told The Feast that her first and "natural instinct" was to protect Chef Mila. She told us, "I've worked with female chefs in the past and I think it’s such a different dynamic. Because I feel like when I'm going head to head with a man, it’s like — all’s fair in love and war. And I know this sounds bad, but I couldn’t treat a female chef the same way as a male... I’m naturally so much more protective over women than I am men. So I wouldn’t go for a female chef the way I'd go for a male chef."
Given how the drama unfolded with Mila — and given the relationship dynamic as Hannah described it — would she ever want to work with a female chef again?
"I did say that I wouldn’t really want to work with a female chef again," Hanna told The Feast. "But I said that with a female captain — and then Sandy and I have managed to work out our issues."
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