RI-born chef to appear on ‘Below Deck’ reality show Monday night

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PROVIDENCE – Matthew Shea was born in the New England sailing hub and will now bring his cooking skills to the kitchen of the 60 yard mega yacht “Lady Michelle” in a new season of “Below Deck: Mediterranean”. The show will air Monday at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

Born in Rhode Island, Shea said he knew from the age of 12 that he wanted to make his love of cooking a career. His mother ran what was once Rhode Island’s East West Center (a macrobiotic cooking school) in the 1980s. He grew up in Warwick and attended Toll Gate High School, where he completed the Professional Culinary Education program. .

He went on tour with Greenpeace, which was his first experience in the kitchen, after being hired as an assistant to a classically trained French chef who became his mentor.

Shea is a new member of the reality show, which is now in its sixth season, but has previously served famous clients like Hugh Jackman and Rupert Murdoch, in addition to other “top percent of the world,” according to her. biography.

The “Lady Michelle” is one of the more expensive yachts in the show. According to the Burgess Yachts rental site, this will cost around $ 275,000 per week during the summer and up to $ 310,000 per week during the winter season. The ship can accommodate up to 13 people in six cabins, as well as 13 crew members, and has a solarium, gym and jacuzzi. Guests can also use various water toys, such as wave runners, water skis and a slide.

It’s for sale, too: The International Yacht Company listed the Lady Michelle for $ 19.5 million, which is a slight drop from when Burgess listed her for $ 21.5 million in October 2018 .

Shea will be one of the crew members the salon follows as they address customers sailing to various locations across the Mediterranean. The crew and guests will head to Å ibenik, which is the oldest Croatian hometown along the Adriatic Sea.

In a recently released screening, a video shows Shea injured his knee while unloading supplies for the yacht. He said at one point, “I don’t think I can do it right,” even though he seems to be moving forward with the season.


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