The spinoff show, which premiered on Peacock in March 2022, left a memorable impression on viewers when it came to feuds, firings and chaos. During the first season, fans and cast alike found it difficult to defend chef Ryan McKeown as he failed in the workplace and ended up at odds with his coworkers.
Before the show aired, Aesha Scott hinted that her professional relationship with Ryan quickly took a turn. “If arrogant was, like, personified, it would be Ryan. He’s a very arrogant man,” the New Zealand native exclusively shared with Us Weekly in March 2022, referring to Ryan as “difficult” to get along with. “I think that that’s something that everyone — not just as a chef — it’s kind of difficult to be around anyone that’s arrogant.”
Captain Jason Chambers also weighed in on the complicated relationship between Ryan and the crew.
“I like everyone. We all had a great time. [Ryan’s] food was great and you saw in the first episode that the guests responded to his food,” the Australia native detailed to Us, adding that Ryan would “stir up drama” the most. “[If someone gets] hindered by someone else’s issues then I let the crew sort that out themselves. Then they start to learn themselves that we’re gonna stick together,” he explained. “Let’s just not go there. Let’s just not do it. Let’s enjoy our working environment and be respectful to each other and enjoy and have fun.”
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