Kiko took to Instagram on August 5 to show his gratitude for all of the love and support he has received from fans after he departed Season 5 of Below Deck Med.
"I just wanna say thank you so much for all the support and I love what you guys are sending to me. I can really feel this amazing energy! Also I hope I could represent my country, all the Latinos and hard workers around the globe, life is not always easy for us. So when we have an opportunity we take [it] no matter what," Kiko, who is originally from Brazil, shared in the post.
Kiko also thanked Bravo and 51 Minds, the production company behind Below Deck Med, "for this opportunity and experience," before sharing a valuable lesson he learned about himself from watching this season. "In the show I could see what I am really good in and be more confident and also I could see where I need to improve to be a better chef and also a better person," he wrote.
In regards to his dismissal, which occurred mid-charter after he served a Las Vegas-inspired dinner that did not impress the charter guests or Captain Sandy Yawn, Kiko said, "A chef is responsible to make his own decision, I was so tired and I did a couple of right and a couple of wrong things," adding that "the pressure" got to him.
"So I have to say that was on me," Kiko added.
Captain Sandy explained her decision to let Kiko go during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen: @ Home on August 3.
"When someone says their main goal is to prove to themselves that they really want to make this work, it's two part. He's proving to himself that he can do this when he doesn't clearly have the skill set," she said. "So, for me, that's really selfish, because when you're making it about you, and you're going to tackle this, but you don't have the proper training, you're affecting the whole. As a captain, I have to make sure the whole is getting everything they need, and Kiko was only thinking about Kiko and what his goal was."
She also said that she wished Kiko had realized he was not ready to be in the galley of The Wellington. "I wish Kiko would have come to me and said, 'You know what, I'm in over my head. We need to get another chef.' I would have loved that," Captain Sandy said. "I gave him opportunity after opportunity."
Following her appearance on WWHL: @ Home, Captain Sandy opened up more about the tough decision to dismiss Kiko on Instagram.
"It’s never easy leading a team when all odds are against you. Kiko did his best, he did not fail, he won. He sees now that he must have the proper training to embark on a position as a chef on a Superyacht," she explained. "I know as viewers it’s hard to watch, imagine doing this job! It’s not as easy as it appears from your living room."
Even though you won't see Kiko in the galley anymore this charter season, he noted that you can still keep up with all of his adventures on Instagram. "I hope I can still make you guys smile here and also inspired you guys with my food, personality, and adventures, it's been [an] amazing time and I feel so blessed in this world and I'm so so so happy with you all," Kiko shared in his August 5 Instagram post. "I can't believe that I have so many great fans. [That's] amazing."
Kiko ended his post with some final words for his fans: "Spread the love guys not hate that's the message I wish to send to you all!"
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