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Meet Below Deck’s New Chief Stew

She replaces Francesca Rubi, who left after one season.

New 'Below Deck' chief stew Heather Chase
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A new chief stew is coming aboard the My Seanna for Below Deck Season 9: Heather Chase. According to her Bravo bio, Heather is always careful to ensure that the ship’s guests have a great experience. But when one of her stews becomes unmotivated, it’s up to her to pick up the slack and maintain the crew’s output. "I put people in line that need to be put in line," Heather says in trailer for Season 9. “This isn’t high school drama; this is five-star service.”

Like many past crew members, Heather will have to mitigate drama between crew members on top of ridiculous demands from clients. "The guests are on a rampage," Heather says in one of the trailer clips. In another, she’s shown separating green M&Ms for the guests. “I don't know what was worse: [this or] having to clean dildos in Europe. At least the dildos got me excited."

It remains to be seen if Heather will stick it out on the show as long as former chief stew Kate Chastain, who was a fan favorite from Season 2 until she left in Season 7. Francesca Rubi filled Kate’s shoes in Season 8, but the crew got frustrated with her attitude and the way she picked on her second stew, Elizabeth Frankini. Now, it’s up to Heather to take the lead as Below Deck’s fourth chief stew. Here’s everything to know about her.

Heather Knows Alex Radcliffe

Heather may be new to the ship, but she’s already familiar to at least one crew member in the broader Below Deck universe: Alex Radcliffe, who was a deckhand on Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5. "So pumped the secret is out that one of my best friends in the yachting world is the chief stew of the new season of [Below Deck]," Alex wrote on Instagram on Aug. 19. "I can honestly say she’s one of the most genuine/ kind hearted [humans] I know."

Heather Is From Hawaii

Heather’s affinity for the sea isn’t surprising: according to her Instagram, she grew up being around the water in Hawaii. “Some people say Disney is the ‘happiest place on earth’...I say the Nāpali coast is the happiest place on earth,” she wrote in a July Instagram post. “Kaua’i will always have a HUGE & SPECIAL place in my heart.”

In another Instagram post, Heather wrote that she, “could never properly put into words how much this island & community means” to her, concluding, “forever a student, forever a steward, forever grateful.”

Heather Has A Job Outside Of Yachting

When she’s not managing crew members on the open seas, Heather works as a certified yoga teacher and has operated under the business name Heather Kapiolani Yoga. She often posts pictures of her doing yoga poses on Instagram alongside poetry about gratefulness and introspection. This mindfulness will likely come in handy for both her and the crew, as based on the trailer for the season, she’s going to need all the zen vibes that she can get.