Kate Chastain, a Florida native well-known and beloved for her role as Chief Stew on Bravo’s Below Deck, has jumped ship and retired from yachtie life after six seasons as a star and fan favorite on the show. Along with expanding her impressive career over international waters and being a Bravo household name, Kate is a celebrated author, philanthropist, podcaster, radio show host and dog mom. Kate began her yachting career in 2007. Initially, she only planned on taking a “gap year” after college graduation to work on boats, however once she started working as a third stewardess on her first yacht, she immediately fell in love with the exotic and exciting industry. While traveling throughout the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Central America, and New England, Kate worked her way up the ranks until finally reaching the position of Chief Stewardess. Best known for planning and executing lavish theme parties, Kate has entertained royalty, celebrities, and business tycoons around the world.
After a few years of international adventures and glamorous guests, Kate began to compile her stories from the sea hoping to one day share them with the world. In 2016, those stories were published in her book, Lucky Charming, which quickly became an Amazon #1 Best Seller in the Humor Category. In 2017, she opened up Genesis Boutique, a non-profit upscale resale store where all proceeds go to Genesis House, Inc. Based in Melbourne, Florida, Genesis House has been providing emergency and transitional housing to homeless women and children for over 40 years. Now Kate is currently one of the co-hosts and Executive Producers on Bravo’s Chat Room and will also be joining the cast of Below Deck Galley Talk to watch and discuss all the drama unfolding on current episodes of Below Deck.