‘Below Deck Med’: Is Sirocco Cursed?

Chef Ben Robinson from Below Deck Mediterranean may be onto something when he said that he thinks Sirocco is cursed.

Robinson joined the crew mid-season after the first chef was fired and the second chef, who was actually the third stew who wanted to be the chef, became too overwhelmed. Although Robinson is a seasoned yacht chef, he too seemed to struggle immediately, battling with broken burners and a cluttered kitchen.

Joao Franco, Captain Sandy Yawn
Joao Franco, Captain Sandy Yawn | Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Now he’s telling Below Deck Mediterranean After Show producers even the kitchen layout and aesthetics have created an impossible situation. But is it only the kitchen? And could other issues be occurring that may require this yacht to have a good sage cleansing?

He thinks the galley is cursed

Robinson ponders the issues he’s had aboard the Sirocco and comes to a conclusion. “I think the galley is cursed,” he says. “Just had a very heavy, dark energy to it.” Cue the footage of Robinson struggling with everything. From the broken burners to the massive clutter. Not to mention the cold food. Plus, why is there a huge knife sitting on top of a crate in the corner?

As Robinson struggles he ultimately burns his finger. He holds it together but it is clear this kitchen is not set up for functionality. “I don’t know why anyone would choose to put a black floor, black marble counters. A wall of stainless steel refrigerators. It’s slightly hellish.”

Ben Robinson
Ben Robinson | Virginia Sherwood/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

What would make for a better galley kitchen? “The trick is you want it to be airy and fresh and whites,” he continues. “You know, you need to be in a good headspace if you wanna cook great food. You really do. I’m just learning this more and more. It’s still exciting. There’s so much to know about yourself and your style.” He adds he knows he reacts much better in a “pristine, uncluttered” environment.

But it’s not just the galley kitchen that may be cursed

While Robinson has a good point, the kitchen isn’t the only point of contention on this yacht. From the beginning, Captain Sandy Yawn has battled Sirocco’s anchor. During season two, which was Yawn’s first season on the show, Sirocco’s anchor became so hopelessly tangled. The crew wanted to cut and run, but Yawn wouldn’t hear of it.

Guests were still aboard the vessel so while they were being tendered to shore, Yawn told deckhands to get to work untangling the mess. Cutting the anchor would have ended their season, so getting it untangled was critical. The crew worked for hours as Yawn would not give up. After working on the anchor all day, the crew finally gets it untangled.

Travis Michalzik
Travis Michalzik |Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Well … guess what becomes one of Yawn’s biggest problems again this season? On a few occasions, the crew has more anchor problems. At one point deckhand, Colin Macy-O’Toole finds the anchor on deck. Thankfully he figures out how to remedy the situation, but Yawn is clearly concerned. She jokes with him that if it happens again, it’ll be his paycheck. So are these just typical issues every yacht faces? Or does Sirocco need an exorcism?