Are Below Deck Down Under Chef Ryan McKeown's days aboard the M/Y Thalassa numbered? It sure looks so based on the latest episode of the Peacock series, which aired Friday, April 15.
Ryan McKeown hasn't garnered many fans during Below Deck Down Under season 1 so far, thanks to an arrogant attitude, seeming lack of culinary creativity and overall drive and frequent arguments with beloved chief stew Aesha Scott. But all that has heretofore passed unnoticed by the boat's captain, Jason Chambers. Until now, that is.
On this week's episode, McKeown welcomes a new batch of charter guests with a seafood lunch that includes fresh lobster, crab claws and... not a whole lot else, leaving the vacationers confused over whether they would be receiving more courses or not.
"There's this whole table of protein and there's nothing to go with it. It's just embarrassing," Aesha says in a confessional.
"I need some carbs attached to this," one guest said of the meal. "Is this the only piece that we're having to eat right now?" he asks McKeown when the chef comes out to see how everything is going. The guests ask for salad and some bread to be served to pad out the fish-focused meal.
"When you have a massive f***ing shellfish feast in front of you, who the f**k thinks, 'Hey, I want to eat a salad'?" McKeown complains during a confessional.
Captain Jason is in the galley at the time and overhears the issue and admonishes the chef: "Ryan, let's get some sides out, rather than them asking for stuff."
When a guest questions if there's more lobster tail available, McKeown tells Aesha, "No, this isn't a f***ing Red Lobster," a response that doesn't sit well with the captain.
"There's none of that vibrance of 'how can we blow these people away?'" Captain Jason says of McKeown's cooking.
Later, the captain can be seen texting a potential replacement chef. "I've had problems with chefs before," Captain Jason says in a talking head. "Chefs are renowned from being a little difficult here and there, and having a back-up chef is probably a good idea."
So how much longer will Ryan McKeown be the chef of the M/Y Thalassa yacht? We'll have to watch to find out!
Fans want Captain Jason to fire Below Deck Down Under Chef Ryan McKeown
Below Deck Down Under viewers are relieved that Captain Jason Chambers is finally catching on to all of the drama chef Ryan McKeown has been causing.
Captain Jason please get to hiring a new chef asap #BelowDeckDownUnderApril 15, 2022
That is the laziest, most conceited, selfish and disrespectful chef I’ve seen on any of the Below Deck series. Chief Stew Aesha is confident and very patient with him. He’s a nutball.#BelowDeckDownUnderApril 15, 2022
Ryan gets worse by the minute! #BelowDeckDownUnderApril 15, 2022
Captain Jason has a chef on standby. See ya later Ryan #BelowDeckDownUnderApril 15, 2022
Imagine paying $20 grand for a two night yacht stay and getting Ryan’s poisonous food. I’d be very disappointed #BelowDeckDownUnderApril 15, 2022
#BelowDeckDownUnder Ryan: Impressed by my seafood lunch Captain?Jason: *on the phone trying to get a new chef* pic.twitter.com/bESWDOvIWYApril 15, 2022
This guy is so arrogant and has no business working in yachting. He gets angry at guests for requesting food. Like????? These charter guests pay thousands of dollars to be there. If it were me, I'd definitely expect to be able to order what I want. #BelowDeckDownUnder pic.twitter.com/iefxFO3AoiApril 15, 2022
#BelowDeckDownUnder whos the one getting fired by Captain Jason this season? @peacockTVApril 15, 2022
Ryan! Hope you stuff up lol back up Chef just a text away :) #teamaesha #belowdeckdownunderApril 15, 2022
Ryan is pretty much guaranteeing that he will never be hired again.Good luck with some kind of restaurant where your guests enjoy not getting what they want #BelowDeckDownUnder pic.twitter.com/L7838itxJwApril 15, 2022
Fire Ryan, Ben and Magda #BelowDeckDownUnder pic.twitter.com/Y4pSyBLVF0April 15, 2022
I'm glad Aesha talked to the Captain and he has his eyes on douchey. Who serves nothing but bowls of shellfish? How about a soup? How about some crackers? No dessert? That is not what they're paying for. #BelowDeckDownUnderApril 15, 2022
It's past time that Jason stops being the nice guy and becomes the Captain of this boat! Fire some of these people!#BelowDeckDownUnder pic.twitter.com/o34s5otdOMApril 15, 2022
Do we have a new chef on standby? #BelowDeckDownUnderApril 15, 2022
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Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.