Hop on board, Below Deck fans. It’s time to take a look at the best and worst Chief Stews of all time.
From the rise and fall of Hannah Ferrier to the chaotic energy of Natasha Webb, the Chief Stews on Below Deck never seem to have smooth sailing. With keeping the guests at bay and asserting themselves among the rest of the crew, being a Chief Stew is no easy task – and they frequently get a lot of flack from fans.
So, we’ve rounded up our picks for some of the best (and the worst) Chief Stews once and for all.
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1 / 10
The Best: #5 – Bugsy Drake
Christine “Bugsy” Drake first made an appearance in Below Deck Mediterranean season 2 as a Second Stew. After Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier was fired, Bugsy was promoted to fill her position, stepping up to the plate and always ensuring all of the small details were in order. While she wasn’t the most assertive Chief Stew ever, she always made the guests a priority and had fun doing it.
2 / 10
The Best: #4 – Katie Flood
She may have only made an appearance on Below Deck Mediterranean season 6, but Katie Flood quickly won over fans, crew and charter guests. With an unmatched can-do attitude, tons of experience and a great relationship with the rest of the staff, Katie easily ranks among the top Chief Stews in the franchise. With long-standing Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier leaving in season 5, Katie swooped in with ease, keeping the ship and crew in order.
3 / 10
The Best: #3 – Aesha Scott
Aesha Scott – who started out as a third stew on Below Deck Mediterranean – became the first chief stew on the recent Below Deck Down Under series. With a bubbly, loveable personality and a hardworking mentality, Aesha embraces her staff as friends while also knowing when she has to step back and assert her authority. Even as she butt heads with her Third Stew Magda Ziomek and Chef Ryan McKeown, she always put the job first.
4 / 10
The Best: #2 – Kate Chastain
Coming in near the top is Kate Chastain – one of the longest-running Chief Stews in Below Deck history. From her dry confessionals to her *ahem* creative blanket art, Kate was loved by fans and charter guests alike. Always honing into her professionalism, Kate worked with her Stews time and time again to create a flawless team each and every season
5 / 10
The Best: #1 – Daisy Kelliher
There’s no question in our minds that Below Deck Sailing Yacht’s Daisy Kelliher is the best Chief Stew in the entire Below Deck universe. She hopped aboard the show in season two and struck the perfect balance of a down-to-work attitude and a delightfully quirky sense of humour. Daisy was able to balance all of the rocky boatmances with a tray full of champagne glasses in hand, always keeping her focus on the guests instead of petty drama.
6 / 10
The Worst: #5 – Adrienne Gang
Adrienne, who was Chief Stew on Below Deck season 1, was constantly undermined in her position. Time and time again she was forced to grapple with her sense of authority, as her Stews clapped back every time that they received any sort of criticism. Her seriousness made it difficult for her to build relationships with the rest of the crew, and when she made a brief appearance as a guest in the second season, Bosun Eddie Lucas literally swam back to the boat to avoid having to speak to her.
7 / 10
The Worst: #4 – Natasha Webb
Natasha, Natasha, Natasha. She replaced Katie Flood as chief stew on Below Deck Mediterranean, and she’s definitely bringing in way more chaos this season. Natasha would be a great Chief Stew, but after a rocky boatmance and cheating scandal with chef David White, Natasha Webb has had fans debating over her work ethic all season long. Putting her relationship and friendships first, she seems to always be placing her job on the backburner. Even our number one Chief Stew Daisy Kelliher has weighed in on the matter, saying, “It’s hard to watch, to be honest, and I feel sorry for her for sure."
8 / 10
The Worst: #3 – Hannah Ferrier
Hannah Ferrier was the first Chief Stew on Below Deck Mediterranean and stayed afloat for a whopping five seasons. Her lengthy stay on board may have been her downfall – as her work ethic plummeted pretty steadily. Between hooking up with a guest, having a chaotic relationship with Conrad Empson and getting fired for allegedly bringing drugs onboard without a prescription, Hannah definitely solidified her spot as one of the worst Below Deck Chief Stews of all time.
9 / 10
The Worst: #2 – Heather Chase
Below Deck season 9 Chief Stew Heather Chase stirred up some major controversy over her ongoing feud with Rayna Lindsey. She even used a racial slur, stirring up an emotional response from fans. While she was able to complete most of her duties and please guests, her condescending attitude with Captain Lee and her unsettling racial undertones throughout the season lands her in one of the worst spots on this list.
10 / 10
The Worst: #1 – Jenna MacGillivray
Jenna MacGillivray was tough to watch as a Chief Stew on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Spending most of the time onboard trying to win chef Adam’s heart, Jenna’s focus on her role definitely waivered (to say the least). From laughing about making her stewardess, Georgia Grobler, cry to gossiping about the crew with Adam, Jenna just didn’t have the leadership skills she needed to keep the crew at bay.