Everyone's excited for Ben Robinson to make his triumphant return to Below Deck Mediterranean. However, he's coming back to the boat under unfortunate circumstances — namely, this season's original chef Mila Kolomeitseva wasn't exactly doing the best job in the galley, leaving Captain Sandy Yawn no choice but to let her go.
Ben called all of the drama in the galley earlier this season "a bloody nightmare" during a recent phone interview with The Daily Dish. He said that Mila "obviously screwed it all up" and that she "was too young" and too fresh out of culinary school to handle the demands of cooking for so many guests on a luxury yacht.
"I've done it before, you know, for six months, big charter seasons in the Med, and I struggled, you know, and I was ready. I'd been doing it for many years, and I found it brutal," Ben said. "So I think that she was pretty arrogant to think that she could just jump onto Below Deck and do that. I don't know who the hell she thinks she is, to be honest. And with nachos, no less. What the hell?"
Mila notably trained at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, although her credentials have come into question from some of the Below Deck Med crew members. Her first job out of school was as a private chef working on a small boat, according to her bio on Bravotv.com.
Mila's antics in the kitchen, including her use of a certain appliance, have even inspired quite the appropriate nickname from Ben. "I call her 'Miele' because they actually manufacture microwaves," Ben told The Daily Dish, noting that the company also actually holds cooking classes.
Simply put, Mila just bit off more than she could chew, according to Ben. "It didn't work out for her, did it? But it's just that arrogance, the arrogance. I started off on a 105-foot boat, then I went down to a 95-foot boat after a year, now that was a charter boat. And then I worked my way very, very slowly all the way to head chef on a 300-foot-plus boat at 28. I was probably the youngest big boat chef in the industry, but I started when I was 22," he explained. "Just when I looked back at what I'd done to get there and what she'd done to get there, which was nothing, just seemed quite miraculous, quite arrogant."
Mila recognized that her hubris was her downfall this season of Below Deck Med. "Of course it makes me feel awful," she said with tears in her eyes in an interview during the episode after being let go by Captain Sandy. "People like me who have big egos sometimes have to be put down to earth a little bit. But it makes me feel like I want to work even harder."
Other members of the Sirocco crew have some things to say about Mila in the Below Deck Mediterranean Season 4 After Show. Check it out, above.
Relive Mila's final moments on Below Deck Med, below.