Meanest Moments With Our Favorite TV Chefs

There’s stress, a ticking clock, high stakes (or should we say steak?) and it’s all in the kitchen. We love cooking contests because we experience the cooking process without all the mess. But what happens when things go wrong? Too much stress takes over the contestants and they lose their cool, creating drama. It makes TV fun, so we’ve put together a list of the most epic reality TV fails where the chef’s mess extended beyond cleanliness.

‘Under the Mediterranean Bridge’


Below Deck Mediterranean follows nine crew members who live and work on a beautiful yacht sailing the, you guessed it, Mediterranean. Each episode has a different group of passengers and a different set of challenges for the crew. Season four proved that the real drama happens in the kitchen. Enter the pancake drama. Did we really say “pancake drama?” Chef Mila Kolomeitseva struggled to make pancakes and chief stew Hannah Ferrier shouted “If you’re a chef and you don’t know how to make pancakes, you’re not a chef.” The kitchen drama didn’t end there. Customers have complained about the hour wait for their “fluffy American pancakes”. I mean, who doesn’t want fluffy pancakes on a yacht? We see their point of view! Chef Mila brought out the canned mix as Hannah kept saying “what kind of chef does canned food?” The dirty kitchen, the annoyed guests and the pancakes that fall flat (literally) this episode makes us laugh and reminds us that we could cook better than a “professional”. Catch up Below deck: Mediterranean NOW.

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The minced kitchen can be a stressful place. Four chefs compete to create the most delicious three-course meal (question mark) ranked on taste, presentation and creativity. What happens when you throw in an unknown or seemingly out of place ingredient and it makes sense in the dish? Ouch! Our hearts race every time the secrets in the mystery box are revealed. One of our favorite episodes of Chopped is in the first season (episode four). Chef Luis Gonzalez frantically prepares plum cake for the dessert round. The judges explain that Gonzalez’s erratic movements are normal because most chefs have a recipe in mind, that’s okay. Wait for it…this is becoming a big deal! Things take a left turn when it’s discovered that Chef Luis has confused salt with sugar. The pain and sadness in Chef Luis’ eyes when he realizes that a small mistake blew up his whole game. The judges were nice (it was the first season, after all) but it’s still one of our favorite failures in all of Chopped history. Watch every episode from all 52 seasons on DIRECTV.



MasterChef is one of the most iconic culinary competitions, shall we say the Mecca of culinary competitions with drum roll…celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. Ramsey doesn’t hold back when criticizing the cooking, technique and plating of amateur chefs. Each week, the chefs must survive Gordon’s brutal challenges and even more brutal insults. The messiest episode to date was episode twelve of season four when the red team faced off against the blue team at a wedding. Halfway through, Gordon fires his signature shot and throws Chef Lynn’s plates in the trash “you can’t sweat on the plates!” Lynn is frustrated, overwhelmed, and definitely sweating while struggling to stay together. Lynn’s blue team errs and falls several courses behind the red team. The pressure mounts as Ramsey discovers the food the blue team is bringing out is cold. Nobody likes their hot dishes served cold! Lynn clearly isn’t learning his lesson as later he grabs a towel to wipe his sweat and then starts wiping the plates. yuck! Two unforgivable mistakes in a row. The blue team is a total disaster and we still can’t get the picture of a sweat rag being used on the dishes. Watch the latest season of Chef Today.

Want more incidents in the kitchen?

Want more incidents in the kitchen? Show Shake Measure Pour DIRECTV studio’s Laughing Kitchen segment. See host and sportscaster, Joy Taylor destroy DIRECTV’s kitchen as she tries to complete this three-part challenge.

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