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We Need to Talk About All of the Egg Drama on Below Deck
While the chefs on Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, and Below Deck Sailing Yacht continuously impress guests with lavish meals, one common breakfast order seems to send panic through the galley.
On each show across the Below Deck franchise, chefs frequently impress guests, crew members, and viewers alike with their ability to cook meals that are as stunning as they are delicious. While some food-related mishaps are bound to happen each season, there is one breakfast staple in particular that really seems to really make the chefs, well, crack.
The chefs have plenty of differences among them, but many of them seem to have one thing in common: They lose their cool over eggs. Most recently, chef Marcos Spaziani was frustrated, to say the least, when he had to make a guest multiple omelettes on Below Deck Sailing Yacht's March 7 episode. The drama continued on the March 14 episode, when the guest told Captain Glenn Shephard that the breakfast was "inedible."
"I don't really get it," Glenn later told Marcos. "The omelette looked delicious." Marcos, who explained the guest's dissatisfaction was due to a "misunderstanding" over tomatoes, was equally confused. As he told Colin MacRae, he had never received "this kind of feedback."
Of course, this wasn't the first time there have been some heated conversations about eggs on Parsifal III. During Season 2 of BDSY, chef Natasha De Bourg wow-ed guests with her meals, but breakfast continuously caused tension between her and chief stew Daisy Kelliher. First, Daisy questioned Natasha's choice to add Hollandaise sauce to a guest's poached eggs and, despite Natasha's insistence that the dish was correct, it was sent back to the kitchen. Later in the Season, Natasha made scrambled eggs for a guest who ordered them over-easy. Ultimately, Natasha was able to own up to her errors on the show's Season 2 reunion. "I have learned the definition of making eggs, but I just f--ked up," she said. "Like any one of us, I f--k up sometimes."
Sometimes, an egg-based order can get so intense that it brings a chef to their boiling point. Case in point: chef Mathew Shea, who broke "like f--king 10 yolks" one morning on Season 6 of Below Deck Mediterranean and declared, "I reckon these eggs have put me over the edge." Following the episode, Andy Cohen asked asked Captain Sandy Yawn on WWHL, "Have you ever seen a chef lose it over eggs like that?" to which she replied, "No, I haven't...It explains a lot."
On Season 4 of Below Deck Med, chef Ben Robinson was puzzled when a guest sent back her breakfast twice because the egg whites weren't cooked enough to her liking. Meanwhile, chef Rachel Hargrove didn't hold back her frustration when guests had a variety of complicated egg orders on Below Deck's Season 8. "F--king omelettes with thirty different types of f--cking toppings," she recalled in an interview at the time. "Eight different types of omelettes from eight different people. What the f--k?"
Later in the same Season, after an over-the-top preference sheet led Rachel to temporarily quit, even Captain Lee Rosbach admitted that there was one request on it that was a bit too much. As he explained on the Below Deck After Show, "When somebody sits there and tells me they want their quail eggs at 160 degrees, that's over the line."