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Where Is Below Deck's Adrienne Gang Now?
#BelowDeck's Season 1 chief stew has more in common with Chef Ben Robinson these days.
Unfortunately, Adrienne didn't have the best relationship with her stewardesses Kat Held and Samantha Orme, which made for some commotion on the ocean during Season 1. Time didn't exactly heal all wounds when Adrienne caught up with Kat in Season 2, this time not as a colleague but as a friend of one of the Ohana's charter guests.
But it's going to take a little more than a few unpleasant interactions with her crewmates to scare Adrienne off of yachting for good. That's right. The Below Deck alum said she is still in yachting today when The Daily Dish recently caught up with her. "I work on several different boats. I used to work permanent, but now I just freelance, and I’m able to do a lot more and take care of these other projects," Adrienne said. "Still do a lot of charters, still do a lot of freelancing, but I’m a chef, primarily. Some people know that, some people don’t, so I’ll take it as a compliment that I wasn’t dramatic enough to be a chef on the show."
Adrienne flexes those culinary muscles of hers on land, too. She did some catering for 60 people at Burning Man this year, which she said "was a little bit of work and a little bit of play." She also took some jaw-droppingly gorgeous photos of the experience, as you can see below.
It's no surprise then that Adrienne is planning on going back next year, this time with a private event company called EncoreLive and serving as hospitality director. "What it sounds like is that it will be a pretty big group of people and an elaborate set-up," Adrienne said. "We haven’t launched anything yet, we’re still in development, but that’s going to be super exciting and a lot of fun."
She'll also be serving as creative director of a retreat to Costa Rica, which she is collaborating on with a former charter guest. Adrienne said she also still steps into the position of chief stew on boats or helps "out in other ways" when she's not serving as chef.
Even with all of Adrienne's many projects going on, she still finds time to watch Below Deck. "I think at one point I considered not watching it, but it's just silly because I talk to so many people about it, so it’s weird to not know what’s going on," she said. "It still surprises me that people pay enough attention to the show to stop me on the street and say hi. It’s very cool."
However, Adrienne said she doesn't keep in touch much with the Honor crew. "Every now and again I run into Ben [Robinson] in Fort Lauderdale but other than that not really," she told The Daily Dish.
In fact, one of Adrienne's most beloved memories from her time on Below Deck involves the chef. "I think one of my favorite moments of the entire show was talking to Ben the charter where we did the wedding, where we were in tears we were laughing so hard, coming up with ideas of dressing David [Bradberry] up as Cupid, trying to tie strings with little doves to release him. Some of the moments that were very brief snapshots that we saw on the show, some of those moments where we were just laughing our butts off, were glorious," she gushed. "Ben’s a really funny guy, and he added a lot of love into this show and the experience for me. And David was another great guy. He’s hilarious. He’s a really funny guy, and I had a lot of fun with those two, for sure."
Adrienne said that her culinary background may have contributed to her successful collaborations with Ben in the interior as well. "I loved working with Ben because it was really interesting to see the things that he came up with. I learned a lot. We shot back-and-forth quite a lot, but our styles are very different, so it was very cool to get a little bit of inspiration," she said. "I think my culinary background made our communication a little bit easier because I understood a lot more about what he was trying to do. And some others wouldn’t have that experience because they don’t speak that same language."
Adrienne, who is based in Fort Lauderdale, can also sometimes be spotted with Below Deck Mediterranean's Tiffany Copeland and Bryan Kattenburg. "It’s all about where we are in the world. Bryan’s lived here for a while and Tiffany lives here sporadically, so when we're in the same place at the same time, we try to get together," Adrienne explained. "I think there's a really interesting bond that happens when you’re in an industry like ours. Not everyone understands it."
The Honor chief stew said she wishes she could have enjoyed herself more with her fellow yachties during her time on Below Deck. "I wish I had more fun while I was there instead of taking it so seriously. I was so heavily invested in the project that trying to make sure that our industry looked good and trying to make sure that I’d still be able to work on a boat again, I didn’t have as much fun as other people had," Adrienne said. "I think if I could do it again I would have a lot more fun with it."
But there isn't much about the Below Deck experience that Adrienne regrets. "I think now being able to see it from a 30,000-foot view, I’m glad I did it. I’m appreciative of the learning opportunity and the networking opportunity it has created," she said. "I am extremely lucky that because of the show and the way I represented myself on the show, I am still allowed to work in the industry. That I've had lots of other opportunities like Burning Man and the retreat in Costa Rica, a lot of amazing things have come out of that for me, and I’m thankful for that."
Relive more of Adrienne's Below Deck voyage, below.