Below Deck's Chef Ben gives Danny Zureikat's reputation new hope
Below Deck Med is no Below Deck, but there is one element that ties the two shows together: Chef Ben Robinson. With a cast full of immature characters who make Rocky Dakota look like the epitome of professionalism, Robinson is the only person who seems to know what he's doing and how to get along with others. He's also seemingly the only person consistently willing to stick up for the show's underdogs, even after they've screwed up royally. This was evidenced once again tonight, when Robinson went to bat for Danny Zureikat, who has not done much to endear himself to his fellow crew members.
In a particularly notable scene, Robinson pulled Zureikat aside to give him some much-needed advice. Zureikat had gotten into an alpha male standoff with his chief nemesis, Bobby Giancola, and while Giancola certainly didn't need to snap when requested to lend Zureikat a helping hand, Robinson wisely noted that his new mentee handled the situation all wrong. Robinson suggested that Zureikat set his pride aside and "stroke [Giancola's] ego." Robinson also reminded Zureikat that he'd screwed up big time during the last charter. I was impressed with Robinson's ability to tell Zureikat off without being a huge jerk.
Robinson is a talented chef, but he's also a keen observer of human behavior and he knows exactly what makes his fellow crew members tick. He may eventually come to regret helping Zureikat, but at least he's trying. His efforts are certainly appreciated by his many fans on Twitter, who praised him extensively while live tweeting tonight's episode.
I am so glad Ben Robinson is on both Below Deck and Below Deck Med. He's a delight on both shows and I look forward to seeing his fruitless efforts at reforming Zureikat.