Below Deck Mediterranean: Bugsy Drake dishes on ‘unpredictable’ guests
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Christie ‘Bugsy’ Drake started off as Second Steward on Below Deck Mediterranean before working her way to Chief Steward by the time season five rolled around for a charter match in the Bahamas. She has since left the show and announced a new venture – a book. The debut novel, titled The Art of Tablescaping: Deck Out Your Table with the Queen of Thme was all things dining, design and how to be the perfect host. And of course, she dished on some of the “unpredictable” guests she has had the pleasure – or not so pleasurable – experience of serving.
Fans of the Below Deck franchise will know themed parties are popular with charter guests and for those sailing around the Mediterranean, Bugsy would pull out all the stops.
And apparently, there’s a lot to consider when decorating a table.
In a recent interview, Bugsy said: “Usually, I have enough time to think out a theme, prepare, and play around with different ideas.
“But guests can be very unpredictable at times– and when they want to sit down and eat, they want to sit down and eat.”
She went onto discuss a moment in St. Barts when guests changed their mind about what they wanted and she was left with 10 minutes to organise and prepare a buffet which catered for 12 people.
“Anticipating guests’ wants and needs is a massive part of the job,” the yatchie said to People. “And I have learned, over the years, that this type of situation tends to happen a lot—so now I almost always have a plan in place, just in case.”
As for whether Bugsy is going to appear on season six of Below Deck Mediterranean, she teased a possible return.
During an Instagram Live with The Domenick Nati Show, the upcoming season of the Bravo show was discussed.
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Bugsy said: “I can’t give any details about that, but it will air after Below Deck Sailing Yacht, which is exciting.
“So, you know Bravo has a fantastic way of keeping viewers going with their travels of Below Deck whether it is Sailing, Mediterranean or the OG Below Deck.
“I love the fact that they kind of got it flowing all year round,” she continued.
“All I can say is that I know Below Deck Mediterranean Season 6 will be really exciting.”
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Another hot topic is the ongoing feud between Hannah Ferrier and Captain Sandy Yawn.
Fans of the show have watched the pair clash for the past three and a half seasons, with Captain Sandy firing Hannah midway through the fifth instalment.
Hannah said she and Captain Sandy “never saw eye to eye” and Bugsy waded in on this saying they were “two completely different people” and sometimes people “butt heads with the Captain” and “sometimes you don’t”.
She also explained how both ladies “liked to be in charge of everything”.
As for the reasons why Hannah was fired from Below Deck Mediterranean, during the August 2020 episode, Captain Sandy received a photo of Hannah’s Valium and a vape pen on board.
The former Chief Stewardess explained the Valium was for her anxiety.
As a result, Bugsy was promoted and took Hannah’s role for the rest of the season.
Below Deck Mediterranean is available to watch on Bravo and Hayu, and season three is available to catch up on 4oD now.
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