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After Mila's Demotion, Would Hannah Ever Work With a Female Chef Again?

Captain Sandy Yawn demoted Below Deck Mediterranean's first-ever female chef, Mila Kolomeitseva.

By Alesandra Dubin
Captain Sandy Yawn Demotes Mila Kolomeitseva

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.

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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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