If there's one thing we can expect from Below Deck Mediterranean, it's that the drama will be plentiful. And when enigmatic Russian chef Mila Kolomeitseva joined the cew, we knew there was going to be trouble. Her stint on the show was plagued with controversy, whether it was her homophobic comments to the crew or her lackluster performance in the galley. Unfortunately, not every second can make it on screen, and we wondered about all the juicy moments we didn't see.
Luckily for us, the crew and Below Deck Mediterranean producers gave us the inside scoop on exactly what went down.
Read on to find out the behind-the-scenes info we wish had made it on screen, and tune in Sunday, July 28 at 12/11 c for even more secrets from the cast in the "Behind the Episode" special!
1. The Firing
How did Captain Sandy feel about firing Chef Mila? She thinks Mila "knew it was coming and was relieved in a way." She continued, "It's hard to admit you can't do the job you said you could — and knowing most of the crew wanted you off the boat." Captain Sandy broke it to her quickly, and producers say their talk only lasted three minutes.
2. Hannah's Reaction
Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier isn't one to keep her feelings inside, and she had a particularly strong dislike for the chef. Hannah admitted that if they'd spoken before Mila left the Sirocco, Hannah would've told her she's "crazy." Hannah also said she would have used #BLESSED to describe how she felt with Mila gone.
3. Mila's Exit
According to producers, it took Mila an hour and half to pack up her things and leave the boat. She even changed outfits three times before finally disembarking. They also noted she stayed in the South of France for a few days, no doubt processing the events from the boat.
4. Anastasia Stepping Up
Did you wonder how third strew Anastasia Surmava felt about stepping into the chef position? She admitted to being "shocked and nervous" but she "wasn't about to let her team down." Anastasia did learn one lesson from Mila: "Take everything in stride and keep your head up." She added, "Once you let yourself slip... it's a slippery slope."
5. Travis as Sous Chef
While the crew adjusted to Anastasia's new role, deckhand Travis Michalzik was tasked with helping out in the galley. On a scale of 1-10, Anastasia rates Travis' sous chef skills "a 10 out of 10 for the good lad." Bosun Joao Franco was also impressed by Travis' "diversity" by stepping up in the galley. He said, "It's not common that a deckhand can cook, and he sure did a far better job than we could!"
Dying to know more, like which crew member has the messiest bunk? Or who Aesha Scott thinks is the flirtiest of the crew? Make sure to catch the full "Behind the Episode" special of "99 Problems But a Chef Ain't One" on Sunday, July 28 at 12/11c!