At the end of last week's episode of Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 3, Marcos Spaziani got some tragic news from back home: his best friend's mother died unexpectedly, a personal loss that took a toll on the yacht chef. But alas, the charter must go on and the guests must be fed.
And fed they were, with a preference sheet that included a multi-course feast inspired by molecular gastronomy—that fussy foodie discipline that marries high-end dining with chemical tinkering—to be joined by Captain Glenn Shephard. Add to that the fact that supremely windy weather meant that the Parsifal III couldn't actually sail, putting more pressure on the interior crew.
However, like he previously did when dealing with a bloody head injury, Marcos from Below Deck Sailing Yacht powered through the charter's setbacks to deliver truly memorable food for primary guest Lane Merrifield and the rest of his party.
"I’m going to be keeping an eye out, my friend, because I expect to see the words ‘Michelin star’ somewhere next to your name very soon," Lane told Marcos before getting off the boat. "Every dish totally redeemed the wind and the weather."
Merrifield proved his satisfaction with a hefty tip, the biggest of the season: $23,000, or $2,555 per crew mate. Take that, Charles Sanders!
"The biggest tip of the season, even though we didn't move the boat? I think I'm going to have drinks tonight." Marcos celebrated in a confessional.
However, the good vibes for Spaziani didn't last long, as, during a preference-sheet meeting for the following charter, the chef learned that he would have to make a multi-tiered, celiac-friendly cake for an onboard wedding. It wasn't surprising when Marcos finally broke down.
"Gluten-free, dairy-free and a wedding cake?" Marcos said during a talking head. “I’m emotionally destroyed. I’m stressed. I’m tired. This is ridiculous. This is too much."
“This is the first time in the whole season that I’m thinking I’m not going to pull it off. It’s that serious," he later revealed. "I may have reached my limit, and now I’m in a glass of water ready to drown.”
Sensing his despair, concerned chief stew Daisy Kelliher talked to him one-on-one during a crew dinner and tries to ease his worries. "You're an incredible chef and to see you so low makes my heart break," she told him, hugging him as the tears came. "It's a lot going on. I'm a human," he told her.
Will Marcos make it through the final charter of the season?
Fans are seriously impressed by chef Marcos Spaziani:
Despite his weariness and worries, fans were very taken with Marcos' work ethic and his ability to deliver high-luxury meals in the midst of all of his mourning.
Marcos Saved That Charter With His Cooking Since The Guest Weren’t Able To Sail #BelowDeckSailingYacht pic.twitter.com/IMQDlFylIrJune 7, 2022
Marcos is THE most professional chef ever… I just- wow #BelowDeckSailingYachtJune 7, 2022
MAJOR props to @marcos_spaziani for powering through that dinner after getting some sad news. That’s a man who knows how to focus when something bad is happening @BravoWWHL @BelowDeckSailng #BDSY #BelowDeckSailingYacht #BelowDeck #WWHLJune 7, 2022
A gluten-free multi tier wedding cake for the last charter of the season! That is nuts! #BelowDeckSailingYachtJune 7, 2022
Captain Glenn wasn’t being biased, those Canadians were the best guests this season hands down. Chef Marcos is the only Below Deck chef that wouldn’t lose their 💩 at the chief stew for not communicating the number of dinner guests. #BelowDeckSailingYachtJune 7, 2022
Protect this man at all costs 😭 #belowdecksailing #BelowDeckSailingYacht pic.twitter.com/xhphr6KTHUJune 7, 2022
#BelowDeckSailingYacht #BelowDeckSailing aww poor Marcos, he is such a great chef, runs on little sleep and his best friends mom passed away, he’s out of gas. 😞June 7, 2022
I've yet to see chef Marcos make a terrible meal #BelowDeckSailingYacht my mouth waters every time 🤤June 7, 2022
You got this Marcos!!! @marcos_spaziani #BelowDeckSailingYacht !! We love you brother your cooking is amazing!! #BelowDeckSailingYacht pic.twitter.com/GdU2J3vvLyJune 7, 2022
I feel that @marcos_spaziani is the best chef I’ve seen on #BelowDeckSailingYacht so far #BelowDeck #WWHL #BDSY @BravoWWHL @BelowDeckSailngJune 7, 2022
Hope Marco pull last chapter off 🤞#BelowDeckSailingYacht #BelowDeck #BelowDeckSailingJune 7, 2022
@marcos_spaziani you are amazing! I just wanna give you a hug!! #BelowDeckSailingYachtJune 7, 2022
The Canadian guests were so fun to watch. Loved the relay and I was rolling watching The Hurricanes. Marcos is a rockstar. #BelowDeckSailingYachtJune 7, 2022
I freaking ADORE Marcos. Hate seeing him so stressed, but know he’s gonna kill it like always! #BelowDeck #BelowDeckSailing #BelowDeckSailingYacht pic.twitter.com/gQnMo9WqrtJune 7, 2022
You've got this Marcos! We believe in you! ❤️#BelowDeckSailing #BelowDeckSailingYacht pic.twitter.com/wp7Qh6u4mNJune 7, 2022
#BelowDeckSailingYachtTonight’s rock star is you know who…can you say micro gastronomy 5 times fast….Bravo Marco, Bravo! pic.twitter.com/k4kjCoeDslJune 7, 2022
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.
Get the latest updates, reviews and unmissable series to watch and more!
Thank you for signing up to Whattowatch. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.