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The Daily Dish Below Deck Mediterranean

Below Deck Med Chef Mathew Shea Reacts to Courtney Veale Saying He Gave Her "Creepy Uncle Vibes"

The Below Deck Med chef also shared what he really thinks of chief stew Katie Flood.

By Laura Rosenfeld

As the Below Deck Mediterranean crew members continue to get to know each other in Season 6, third stew Courtney Veale's early impressions of chef Mathew Shea have definitely stood out.

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In the July 12 episode of Below Deck Med, Courtney remarked that Mat gives her "creepy uncle vibes." So, when asked for his thoughts on that description during an interview with The Daily Dish earlier this month, Mat had an understandable reaction. "Well, I didn't like it, of course," he said with a laugh. "No one likes to be called 'a creepy uncle.'"

He added, "I definitely prefer 'Daddy,'" referring to what Courtney called Mzi "Zee" Dempers on his birthday earlier this season.

In light of Mat's sweeping causing some drama earlier this season of Below Deck Med, the chef and deckhand Lloyd Spencer got a visit from the "Shady Dust Bunny" during their July 19 appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, who asked Lloyd if he agreed with Courtney's "creepy uncle" comments about Mat. "Yeah, he's the dustiest uncle anyone's ever had," Lloyd joked in the above clip.

Mat also shared more about how he felt when he first heard about Courtney's assessment of him. "Oh, man," he said on WWHL. "I was probably blushing just as bad as I am now."

The chef may not be getting the warmest reception from the interior team this season, but he does have a good working relationship with chief stew Katie Flood. "Katie is one of my favorite people I've ever worked with. It was a dream to work with her," Mat told The Daily Dish. "She was so easygoing. And, yeah, I think we made a good team."

Knowing how much conflict can often transpire between the chef and the chief stew, Mat said that he "was surprised" how smooth sailing it was working with Katie this season. "I was so happy that at least, like, my teammate as the chief stew was not that argumentative and was really easygoing. In the past in jobs, the most conflict is usually chefs and chief stews. We're, like, very different. They're, you know, involved in service. And I've had bad experiences and good ones," Mat said. "And Katie's probably up there, top three best co-worker, best chief stew I've ever worked with in 14 years."

Want more Below Deck Med? Season 6 airs Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo with early access to new episodes on Peacock.

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