Below Deck Mediterranean star Chef Mathew Shea discusses his drama with Lexi Wilson and whether he believes he’s on her infamous “burn list” as he also seemingly admits to exaggerating his knee injury during the first charter.
Though Lexi has blamed editing for her beef with Mathew over some lamb and a pile of dirt on the floor, it appears Mathew sees things a bit differently. In a new interview, he was asked what he was thinking at the very moment that Lexi stood in the dirt pile and helped herself to the guests’ food. The chef said he was completely shocked.
“I was thinking, the whole floor is clean besides this one space. I cannot believe she is refusing to move,” he told Decider on July 19. “Then she started eating the lamb and it was either get really mad and angry or say nothing. I’ve got to pick and choose my battles. But then when she was rushing me to plate, I thought it was more important that I just told her, it’s my galley moving forward.”
“If she grabbed a piece of lamb moving forward, I would have yelled,” he continued. “It was a tough moment and situation. And at the same time, I hadn’t been there for the first meal. So maybe she thought I was really weak and was trying to pick on me, who knows.”
As for Lexi’s burn list — where she writes the names of those who have wronged her — Mathew said it was Malia White who informed him about its existence.
“Malia came into the galley [and said] she has a burn list,” he shared. “And I think I was like, so I’m probably on that burn list because I asked her not to stand in my pile. So it’s a weird situation, she’s upset at the moment.”
Though he’s not completely certain if he’s on the list, he doesn’t seem to care either way.
“Well, I’m not sure I’m on the list. But I don’t care really,” he snarked. “I think it’s sad. Poor girl.”
Mathew was also given the opportunity to clear up any misconceptions about his knee injury, which caused him to leave the boat ahead of the first charter. Instead, he seemingly admitted that his anxiety was the main culprit, and he also stated that he can be a hypochondriac at times.
“Well, obviously it was a very overwhelming situation, starting a new job and new crew,” he said. “I got a lot of provisions and the walk-in was not in the galley, it was two floors down. My knee was really sore, but I hadn’t slept. So I wasn’t thinking, maybe I’m a bit of a hypochondriac, and all of it was very overwhelming.”
Mathew added, “I had a panic attack, and yeah, of course I regretted it, especially looking back and seeing the first dinner. That was harder to watch than me having my panic attack on TV. That dinner was awful. So I feel bad about that whole first day. If I could change it, I would change everything.”
Below Deck Mediterranean season six airs Monday nights on Bravo at 9/8c.