Chef Matthew was conspicuously absent from Lady Michelle’s first charter at the start of the reality TV spin-off Below Deck Mediterranean‘s sixth season. Thankfully, he missed out on some of the Bravo series’ most painful moments, but he recently admitted he still regrets bailing on the chaotic opening voyage.
The unpredictable cruiseliner reality show kicked off its sixth season with a rocky start when Chef Matthew ducked out of Lady Michelle’s first charter.
His supposed knee injury meant he missed out on some of the series’ most shocking moments so far, including David Pascoe’s disastrous attempt to cook lobsters.
After watching the episode unfold, he now wishes he had been there to help prevent some of the chaos.
The chef recently opened up to Decider about taking over as head chef for the new season.
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He explained: “Well, obviously it was a very overwhelming situation, starting a new job and new crew.”
Some viewers have accused him of completely feigning his injury to shirk his responsibilities on the first day.
However, Shea insisted: “My knee was really sore, but I hadn’t slept.”
Even so, the chef did admit he might have blown the situation out of proportion somewhat.
“Dave trying to kill those lobsters was really sad and horrible, and then no one knowing how to cook the lobsters,” he said.
“The whole thing was really tough to watch as a chef, and it was all my fault, so imagine how I feel. I’m sorry to everyone involved.”
Being missing on the first day of the voyage also meant his relationship with stewardess Lexi Wilson got off to a messy start.
Many have thrown criticisms at Lexi for disrespecting Shea’s authority by refusing to budge in the kitchen and eating lamb directly off the plates of customers’.
He recalled: “It was a tough moment and situation. And at the same time, I hadn’t been there for the first meal.
“So maybe she thought it was really weak and was trying to pick on me, who knows.”
Hopefully Shea is now back on track for the rest of the season and the rest of the charters go off without a hitch, though at this point fans aren’t holding their breath for much success.
Below Deck Mediterranean airs on Bravo, Hayu, Peacock and E4.