Aesha Scott from Below Deck Mediterranean said she avoided chef Tom Checketts after the cucumber meltdown.
Checketts became so annoyed that he was disturbed during his break he lashed out at Scott to the point where she was brought to tears. “For someone to act in that way, it just seemed like real sinister,” Scott said during the Below Deck Med After Show. “And I don’t know, it made me see him in a completely new light. Like it was almost like I saw evil in his eyes.”
“And I was like, man, you have a totally **** side of you that I didn’t realize,” she continued.
Aesha Scott described Chef Tom as a ‘bratty 3-year-old’
Scott said she couldn’t believe the amount of anger coming from Checketts when Captain Sandy Yawn asked him to cut up some cucumbers for the guests. Scott was with the guests so Yawn asked Checketts to whip up the cucumbers. Unfortunately, Checketts was finally taking a break.
When Scott arrived to deliver the cucumbers, Checketts was furious. She apologized, but that only made the situation worse. “None of it was my fault,” she said. “I literally had no idea what was going on. I literally had nothing to do with it and I’m the one who has to get like the full f**king fury of him.”
She added that she’s never spoken to another crew member in that manner, regardless of her level of exhaustion. “He was like a bratty three year old,” she said. “I was already trying not to cry and then [the guest] asked for avocado. And in my head I was just like, ‘f**k.’ He was having such a cry about why can’t I slice these things. So when I went back, I was like okay well I will do this one.” Checketts, however reacted with snarky anger.
“I went into such a shock that I started crying,” she recalled. “It just really showed me a side to his personality that I was like this is past just being an a**hole. This is someone that I don’t really wanna be around. So from that moment on, I was just like, I’m gonna be professional with this guy but I don’t really want anything to do with him.”
Chef Tom is sorry not sorry
“I snapped at Aesha for that and it’s not her fault,” Checketts said. “We all know where cucumbers are kept. The knives are on display on a magnet. There’s always a chopping board, very visibly there. Just do it.”
“So, yeah, its frustrating anyway,” he added. “What can I say? Clearly I’m the only person on the boat who can chop a cucumber. That’s pretty much what I get from it.”
“When I heard what Tom had said to Aesha, apart of me was just like, ugh Tom,” girlfriend Malia White said. “That was just a grumpy, tired Tom thing to say. He doesn’t mean it harmfully. He’s just a grumpy chef.”
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