Below Deck season 7 was so full of problematic behavior that fans have slammed it as the worst in its history. Captain Lee Rosbach returned to the helm, along with longtime Below Deck chief stew Kate Chastain. Season 6 deckhand Ashton Pienaar returned as a bosun for season 7, along with deckhand Rhylee Gerber who came mid-season to replace Abby Murphy when she quit. Newcomers Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern rounded out the deck crew, while Simone Mashile and Courtney Skippon came on as stews.
Kate had high hopes for a chef she could finally get along with, but Chef Kevin Dobson proved to be difficult in and out of the galley. Kate was less than thrilled with his culinary skills, and he failed to impress charter guests with a lackluster seafood tower. Captain Lee also thought Chef Kevin needed to step up, which added more pressure on the chef. Kevin also had issues with Kate’s service, and the two continued to butt heads throughout Below Deck season 7.
Many Below Deck fans have slammed Kevin as misogynistic in his treatment of women. He regularly spoke down to the interior and expressed frustration when service didn’t go his way. He and Kate’s frustrations with each other continued to build throughout the season and in one jaw-dropping moment, he kicked sand into her face during a crew night out. Throughout the season, Kate also had to deal with Ashton’s drunken advances when he forcibly kissed her without her consent. In a later Below Deck season 7 episode, Kate and Ashton got into an argument in a van after a night out, and the bosun punched the window in a fit of rage.