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The Daily Dish Below Deck Mediterranean

What Does Chef Ben Think of Chef Leon's Infamous Beef Cheeks?

The #BelowDeck culinary guru weighs in on his Season 3 predecessor's controverisal menu. 

By Jocelyn Vena

If anyone made waves on the high seas of Below Deck Season 3, it was Chef Leon Walker. Before being asked to leave the yacht by Capatin Lee Rosbach, Leon didn't exactly make any friends on board nor did he win over the tastebuds of his fellow crew (beef cheeks, anyone?). Mid-season, Chef Ben Robinson was recruited to fill the void left by Leon's absence — and now he's revealing his thoughts on his predecessor. "I heard [about him]. I did. [Laughs.] Well, I mean, he was a filthy bastard. The refrigerators, I practically had to hire a hazmat team to clear the kitchen," Ben told The Daily Dish. "It was just gross and he was apparently very repetitive with his dishes. [Yachting is] just such a great opportunity to showcase as a chef, and being that repetitive was just like, 'Why are you here?' He was a bit of a one-trick pony, I think. His time is probably best spent elsewhere, I would imagine." 

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Ben even came across one of Leon's infamous slabs of meat when he boarded the Eros. "When I go up to the galley [after Leon left], I was very excited to find this hunk of beef that looked very marbleized. I ripped it apart and I'm like, 'What the hell is this?' Obviously, it was a big flap of flesh from the cheek and I had to break it down."

Viewers will get to see Ben's own culinary expertise on Below Deck Mediterranean this season. His fellow yachtie, Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier, even has her own take on the Chef Leon situation after having watched it all. "I was kind of cringing for him," she said. "It would like be doing a toga party charter after charter after charter [in Greece]. That's not interesting television."

BTW, Below Deck Mediterranean officially kicks off next Wednesday at 9/8c. Check out a preview, below.

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