Chef Rachel Hargrove returns to Below Deck for Season 9 to maintain issues spicy…and candy, and savory. The yacht chef has been within the business for 16 years now, so she’s greater than only a French toast creator, okay? And after retaining issues attention-grabbing all through the final season, it’s no marvel they introduced her again for extra of her comedy and culinary creations.
Rachel jumped on a Zoom name with Decider final week to offer us the inside track on the place issues stand between her and First Officer Eddie Lucas, how Captain Lee helped her via all of 2020, and her pink, *NSYNC-inspired hair.
Decider: Where are you on the planet proper now and what are you doing?
Chef Rachel Hargrove: Well, I’m proper now at the moment in Fort Lauderdale and I’m on a ship. We simply splashed and my galley is gutted and we’re working via that. So we’re excited, we’ve obtained a constitution arising very quickly. My premiere celebration goes to be me placing provisions away.
Fun! Ok, inform me what I must learn about Captain Sean.
Captain Sean, he’s cute! He’s like a bit spitfire, he’s not like Captain Lee. But I do like Sean. He’s only a completely different type of all the pieces, he’s actually the polar reverse of Captain Lee. Captain Sean, he’s nice, [but] if I needed to work with him [for] a protracted time period I’d must take a CBD.
How was it to see Captain Lee as soon as he arrived on the yacht?
I like Captain Lee. The tumultuous endeavor that was coping with me on lockdown throughout COVID, getting again to Europe, then the present airing in a tiny city the place nobody is aware of what it’s, he was wonderful. He was principally a confidant, he was a mentor, it was nice. And then I get to come back again and play with my captain and my greatest good friend. It was like, yay! I’m actually excited to do that once more! I like him so.
How are issues with Eddie this season?
It was good due to the truth that we had an opportunity to air issues actually, really out. I didn’t see quite a lot of the stuff till the present got here out and I didn’t know the way he felt, which was actually bizarre as a result of for me as a person and as an grownup working in my career, if we don’t like one another we simply let it’s recognized. We simply go “Hey, I don’t like it when you do this,” and you might be like, “That’s totally cool, I will make sure I’m not in your vicinity.” That’s just about it. So for me coming into the season, it was good to sort of air it out, #getoverit, you understand?
He described you as “damn talented, batshit crazy.”
Sometimes folks like to make use of “crazy” as a really free terminology, which is nice and all however…no matter. That’s how he feels, you understand? And if I’m loopy and I’m good at my job and folks nonetheless like to be round me and watch me or Bravo will fly me out on a non-public jet to ensure I movie the season then goddammit I’m batshit fucking loopy! #profitable
You dropped an immediately iconic line final season, however are you able to estimate how many individuals you invited to eat your cooter this season?
This is so humorous. You know, it was a type of phrases that I by no means say, ever. It’s not a part of my precise vernacular. I reached down within the depths down there and introduced it off and dusted it off. I made quite a lot of t-shirts and it paid my lease doing Cameos so, I sort of don’t care. I believe it’s humorous, really. I’m trying ahead to what I say on the present as a result of I don’t know what comes out of my face. Quite a lot of issues fall out.
Tell me concerning the meals this season. Are there any new dishes you examined out? Any tried and true stuff you knew that you just had been busting out? Does that French toast come again this season?
That’s the bane of my existence. I like French toast, don’t get me incorrect, however there are such a lot of different issues that I’m actually good at. There’s much more and there are not any spoilers as a result of I’m actually excited. But within the premiere, I blew hearth off of my palms. I imply, come on! I used to be about to set this place ablaze.
Were you hesitant to come back again?
I used to be hesitant to come back again simply because it’s like…I don’t know, [some things were] dangerous. One, shit hit the fan; the entire world stopped and we all know it stopped as a result of they filmed me on a present with the pandemic. I used to be like fuck, it’s a conjuring. I used to be a bit nervous, like what else is gonna occur? I used to be a bit apprehensive, simply because that’s life. I don’t know who’s gonna be the forged, who’s gonna be the visitors. But then I obtained there and I used to be simply so excited as a result of it’s not a do-over, it’s an precise, “I get this and I’m excited to do it.”
How had been the constitution visitors this season?
You know, on a scale of 1-10 you’ve obtained your chill which is 0, and then you definately’ve obtained your idiots, so it ranges. Yeah, they’re there, don’t fear about that one. But I should say, I’m dissatisfied that Delores was not back as a result of I freaking love her.
Let’s speak a bit bit about the rest of the crew. Chief Stew Heather, how was that?
She’s actually good. I’m identical to, this chick has ardour and he or she’s really good at her job? Shut the entrance door. I used to be completely blown after I came upon how younger she was. I used to be like, that is epic. She simply knew and he or she was phenomenal at her job, phenomenal.
How about the remainder of the inside group?
I beloved Fraser, he was wonderful. Frasier is so humorous, however he additionally has one thing that I’ve in frequent with him, he has a ardour for mixology and he was all the time all the way down to strive new issues and enthusiastic about it. He was simply actually good at his job, I believe he beloved it. Jess, she is wonderful. I like Jess, she has a really dry humorousness. There had been some issues that did transpire, and also you’ll see them play out via the season however I really actually preferred Jess. I didn’t must work together with her to [the same level as] Heather, so…you understand, it’s what it’s.
Was there someone on this crew that in case you wanted a guinea pig to style dishes, you knew you could possibly all the time go to?
Yes. It was between Rayna and Fraser. Rayna has a ardour for being within the kitchen and cooking, and I can’t let you know any greater than that.
Any firsts for you this season in your profession, private life, or typically?
No. I used to be excited to simply undergo and do it and benefit from the present. But on the identical time, I had quite a lot of enjoyable for some cause. Maybe it’s the pink hair, I’ve no management over it. She’s a beast on her personal. I actually preferred smacking Jake’s ass with the bug zapper [laughs].
Are you retaining the hair?
It was an precise accident. I used to be speculated to do Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and I had these *NSYNC 1996 bizarre highlights that had been chunked. And I felt like I might be on Twitter and see Justin Timberlake going, “Thank you so much for being such a fan,” and I used to be like hmmm, I’m not there. So I needed to change it and earlier than I knew it, it went sort of viral and everyone was like, we find it irresistible. And I used to be like, oh I do too, I really feel like an X-Men character.
How had been the nights out for you this season?
You’re simply gonna have to look at. I imply, come on! Yeah, I do stuff that individuals actually wanna do and so they simply don’t have the balls to do it. Don’t hate the participant, hate the sport.
Anything else that you’re excited for folks to see?
It actually is a enjoyable season, and you understand what’s nice to say is, I’m not the loopy one this season. Go determine.
Is it Captain Lee, is he the loopy one this season?
No, he’s nonetheless Captain Lee, he’ll by no means change. I like him. You’re nonetheless gonna get your Captain.
Below Deck airs Monday at 9 pm ET/PT on Bravo.