New Zealand native Katie Flood is in for the journey of a lifetime and she or he steps into the chief stew function for Below Deck Mediterranean Season 6, and she or he already appears to be bracing herself. “It’s definitely been a little bit wild so far, but it’s all been positive,” she mentioned over Zoom from Alaska final week, the day that Episode 1 premiered on Peacock, however will air on Bravo tonight at 9 pm ET/PT.
Here, Katie opens up about comparisons to former chief stew Hannah Ferrier (and the beautiful DMs they’ve already exchanged) and her emotions about “tacky” desk decor, however in relation to any potential boatmances for her, all Katie would say is, “I don’t kiss and tell.”
DECIDER: You drop a enjoyable reality within the first episode, that you just beforehand dated Jack Stirrup from Season 4. When you have been on the brink of do the present, did he have any recommendation for you? What was his response to you becoming a member of?
KATIE FLOOD: I believe he was the primary individual I truly advised. When it received to the purpose the place I used to be gonna do the present, I felt like I simply needed to talk to him. That’s once I was making the ultimate choice if I needed to do that, and Jack at all times has actually constructive issues to say about the whole lot. He was similar to, folks will love you, do it. He had a very good expertise so it’s good to talk to somebody that is aware of you rather well. He is aware of me at my finest and my worst and to have his enter actually did assist.
Tell me just a little bit about your relationship with Sandy. How did you get alongside?
Me and Sandy received alongside rather well. I had a very constructive expertise working together with her and she or he actually trusted me. She didn’t come throughout as a micromanager as some captains do and we had a very good relationship, so I actually loved it. She was there once I wanted her after which each different time, she kind of simply let me do my very own factor.
Did you discover that your administration kinds actually meshed effectively collectively?
I believe so. I’m a really empathetic individual and I believe Captain Sandy will be as effectively, so I believe we positively had that in frequent. She pushed me once I wanted to be pushed after which she listened once I simply wanted her to hear. So it was an excellent match.
Good. How about your stews? Tell me just a little bit about them.
You will come to a ship and your stews are already chosen for you, so it’s a tough factor to recover from, as a result of usually I’m concerned within the hiring course of. I prefer to see folks’s CVs, discuss to them. So, to only be introduced, that is what you’re going to get…it began off actually good.
Started off good, don’t all of them.
You know, any boat’s the identical. Even if I had the choice to interview and select the ladies themselves, a number of instances as effectively, and I do know a number of captains, chief officers, different chief stews that say the identical factor: somebody will be wonderful on paper, you may have a cellphone name with them, and also you’re like, sure, this individual’s nice. And then any individual exhibits up and it doesn’t fairly work out or the slipper doesn’t match. So you by no means know what you’re getting.
We see that your third stew Courtney teaches Captain Sandy how one can twerk. Did you study this as effectively?
You know what, I at all times give issues a go. I attempted. I’d remorse it now, however I attempted it on the time [laughs].
We’ll discover out in case you have an excellent twerk ethic, as they are saying. You labored on earlier boats with seven stews and now you’re going to 2, what was that adjustment like?
Some boats are greater and also you want the larger crews and a few boats are smaller and also you don’t want the larger crew. You at all times need greater than what you may have, as a result of even with seven ladies, I may have mentioned, Yeah, I wanted one other stew. The grass is at all times greener. It’s positively a change, it makes my job much more hands-on, whereas once you do have a much bigger staff, the chief stew is barely again, it’s extra of the organizing facet of issues. So when there’s a smaller staff, it means I’ve to be much more hands-on and I’m at all times keen to do it, and it’s enjoyable to get your arms soiled once more.
We’ve beforehand seen that Captain Sandy loves desk decor and she or he needs it to be fancy and she or he needs it to be good. Where do you stand on that? Is it considered one of your sturdy factors?
I actually like stunning, I like fairly, I like traditional. The boats I’ve labored on have been very high-end so the cheesy facet of desk decor shouldn’t be my forte, I fucking hate it, I can’t stand it. The company are all totally different, a few of them need cheesy shit, so I’ll offer you cheesy shit. My personal private type shouldn’t be fairly like that, and I do assume I do good desk decor. I believe it’s at all times becoming it to the shopper, you need to learn a room. I’ve been on a ship the place the proprietor needs full theme nights each different evening. And then different constitution company are like, we hate that, don’t try this. But total as a typical, yeah, you’ve received to make it fairly, you’ve received to make it look good.
Do you may have any particular ideas or methods which might be your go-to? Like, when doubtful, put a seashell out?
No, usually in conventional desk setting, the best way butlers do it, technically you’re meant to start out with the desk decor first as a result of it’s the very first thing going within the center. So you’re not reaching over the plates, you’re not reaching over issues to make this desk fairly. For me visually, I’ve to set the desk with the placemats and napkins, and serviette rings. And then that’s once I begin getting artistic and begin placing issues collectively and ensuring the whole lot goes. I at all times begin with selecting a colour scheme or select a theme and begin with napkins, placemats, serviette rings after which go from there. That’s simply how I work, I really feel I’m extra artistic that method, the whole lot kind of goes collectively extra.
I wish to ask you about a number of the different crew members as effectively. How was your relationship with the chef, did you and Mat get alongside effectively?
Yeah, Mat is so humorous. At first I struggled and I believe most of us did and it’s like all crew member actually. Never decide a e book by its cowl principally, and that’s Mat. I’m excited to see that as a result of it positively was, I wouldn’t say rocky, but it surely was regarding for me within the begin.
How is his meals?
The meals was good. He’s labored for very high-end folks and he’s good at what he does.
How about Malia, did you get alongside effectively?
Yes, I had a very good relationship with Malia. There’s positively components of the season I’m so glad she was there. She simply has a distinct outlook on issues and it was good to have her when issues are kind of going on. There have been struggles on my finish, and having her and having her enter and outlook…as a result of I’m a chief stewardess, however she needs to be captain so she actually thinks in such a captain way of thinking. I couldn’t have achieved the season with out her.
We do see you get just a little bit emotional at sure factors within the trailer. Is there something you may tease about what brings you to tears?
I endure from actually unhealthy nervousness. I’m usually actually cool, calm and collective. That’s at all times my demeanor, however I’m a fucking human. And on this business, I don’t take breaks, I’m on my toes for 18 hours a day, I am going to mattress, after which I stand up and do the identical factor. When you’re doing that each single day, for months on finish, you then’re not consuming correctly since you don’t get to take breaks. And then on the instances we do get off, we exit and get completely shitfaced. It’s a recipe for catastrophe and my physique is so delicate to issues like that. I ought to know higher by now, however no matter, I’m not excellent. And when issues are actually beginning to crumble round me or issues at work or my private life, it’s an excessive amount of for me and I’m actually empathetic. So if I’m having to do one thing that I do know is gonna have an effect on any individual else, it actually messes with my thoughts and I actually battle with that. Hurting somebody, I hate it. I don’t ever wish to harm somebody or make somebody really feel unhealthy. Unfortunately, on this job, if you find yourself a frontrunner, folks aren’t at all times going to agree with you. And generally, once you add all these different components, it turns into an excessive amount of generally.
Well, it’s okay to have nervousness so long as you ensure you declare your treatment once you get on the boat.
I do know that, I believe all people is aware of that now [laughs].
With this season, COVID remains to be a factor. What we noticed on the final season of Sailing Yacht was a number of partying on the boat. Were you additionally doing a number of partying on the boat throughout this time?
Yeah, it’s a pandemic, you bought to make your personal enjoyable now. People are getting artistic at house. So yeah we did what we may with the playing cards we have been provided.
The stairs appear tough. What was that like for you, having to go up and down these loads?
They are so slim and gnarly. My legs are so sore, like after the primary couple of days, operating up and down stairs. I used to be dwelling in Mexico, so I hadn’t been on a ship for a few months, after which I went straight into this hectic constitution season. So my legs have been killing me and yeah, they’re positively not the most secure in the event you’ve had a couple of drinks.
Let’s discuss just a little bit in regards to the first episode, the place a number of shit went down for you proper once you received to the boat. Tell me just a little bit about this constitution group, Chef Mat leaving; what have been these first couple days on the boat like for you?
It’s loads to soak up. You’re utterly thrown within the deep finish. You be part of the boat, the following day you’re on constitution and also you don’t know any of those folks. It’s loads for anybody, so add a digital camera crew to the combination and it’s much more so. It was already a lot after which Mat having to depart…I used to be scared, I used to be anxious, I used to be upset, I used to be indignant, I used to be like, What the fuck is that this? What the fuck are we gonna do? Because in a standard yachting world, somebody can go away and the following day you may have a brand new chef, or you may have a brand new stew or deckhand or whoever. But that is COVID instances, now we have to consider the protection of the crew, the protection of the company, and everybody concerned. So even when we did get a brand new chef, they should quarantine for every week or two weeks, or no matter it’s relying the place you’re on the earth, so there was positively a number of stress and stress. And it’s like, shit, we’re nonetheless attempting to study this boat. I don’t know the place half the shit is at this level. So I [knew], you’ve simply received to smile and act like the whole lot’s okay and hopefully, that’s what is going to occur.
Is there something that you really want folks to find out about you going into this season?
Not actually. I believe I’m a very easy-going individual. I do get pissed off, I do get upset, I nonetheless have a soul, I’ve feelings. I simply hope that folks actually see me for who I’m, and I’m certain individuals are going to have issues to say about no matter it’s I do, and I’m not going to please all people. And I actually don’t give a fuck about that, however I believe that’s true to myself. So ultimately that’s all that issues.
Hannah was the chief stew for thus many seasons on this present. Have you met her? Have you guys talked in any respect?
I’ve by no means met Hannah, and clearly I knew who she was and she or he had no thought who I used to be till a month or so in the past at any time when the [trailer] was launched. But she was actually type, she reached out, she despatched me a DM and she or he simply mentioned congratulations and that she’s right here if I would like to speak to her about something, simply coping with the social media facet of issues. So it was actually, very nice of her to try this, no one has to try this, particularly as a result of I do know we’re going to get in contrast loads. For good and for unhealthy, I’m certain. So it was good to have that. And, it’s good to know, for me, that when issues do kind of get like just a little bit an excessive amount of, and I’m certain there can be instances, simply that I can ship her a DM and simply get some recommendation on how she handled issues and stuff like that.
It appears that previous Med crew members are a really welcoming group, I’m undecided in the event you’ve already skilled that.
I’ve! I’ve had a number of previous Below Deck Med forged attain out to me and simply just about mentioned the identical factor. Wishing me one of the best, congratulations, and that if I ever want to talk to them about this wild journey, that they’re all right here, so it’s very nice to have that assist system. And I believe that’s the great thing about social media, generally it’s like, you don’t even know any individual after which they nonetheless are type sufficient to have your finest pursuits at coronary heart or as a result of they’ve been by way of it they’ve extra of an understanding than any individual like me who’s about to undergo it.
Where are you now?
I’m in Alaska. Yeah, it’s actually this place is fucking unreal. I assumed I had seen all of it however I believe that is probably the most stunning place I’ve ever been on a ship. We’re on the dock proper now and these two humpback whales are simply cruising round within the harbor. We noticed orca whales the opposite day, we’re seeing bears. Like there’s a lot insane wildlife right here and just like the glaciers, we tied the boat to the again of this iceberg the opposite day. My thoughts is simply blown proper now.
Anything else that you just’re excited for folks to see this season?
I believe I’m simply excited to go on this journey with everybody and I do actually imagine it’s gonna be a barely totally different season to what individuals are used to with Below Deck Med. And, I believe it’s precisely what was wanted, on a world stage. The world, we’ve gone by way of a lot, so I believe it is a totally different outlook on issues and it was an pleasing time and I believe that may come throughout to folks.
Are you seeing the yachting business choose again up once more?
Yeah, throughout COVID everybody was like, how are you touring a lot? It’s simply due to this business. I do know a number of my associates that work on personal boats, the house owners would stay aboard, particularly throughout lockdown. Which is sweet in a method as a result of it means folks aren’t dropping their job. It received 50/50 with the business; a number of boats have been eliminating crew and happening to skeleton crew, however then a number of boats are nonetheless simply as busy as a result of folks didn’t wish to journey, they wish to go be on a yacht that’s secluded in some stunning place. So the yachting business, I don’t assume received affected as a lot, and in order that was a constructive for us. And it’s only a new option to journey now.
Below Deck Mediterranean airs Monday at 9 pm ET/PT on Bravo and episodes will be seen one week early on Peacock.