Chef Stew Daisy Kelliher Unboxes ‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’ Season 3 Ahead of Finale

Daisy Kelliher started Season 3 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht with the mindset that she wasn’t going to take “you know what” from anyone. It proved difficult for the chief stew as he ventured through turbulent waters aboard Parsifal III.

The luck of the Irish did not always smile on Kelliher as she handled professional and personal disputes within her department, initially between second stew Gabriela Barragan and third stew Ashley Marti. That was until the environment was too much for Barragan, leading to Scarlett Bentley taking on the position of junior stew.

First mate Gary King, whose flirtatious ways didn’t make it any easier, added to the drama. As the wedding bells ring for guests on the final charter and the season finale on the horizon, we caught up with Daisy to unpack what we’ve seen so far and get some burning questions answered.

Crazy enough that the crew had to plan a wedding in such a short time.

Daisy Kelliher: It was definitely a lot. At the same time, I’ve been doing this for 10 years, so I was kind of like, “It doesn’t matter, we’re going to do it or not.” I’ve reached a point in my career where stress won’t help me. I trust. We can only do what we can do in 24 hours, but it turned out pretty amazing.

Gary was at the center of many of the problems you encountered in your service. Looking back, how difficult was it?

I think I came in pretty confident and left with a way that I wanted to handle everything. It did not work. People are going to do what they are going to do. Gary’s part was very difficult for me because I feel like I really pushed his support away last season. I tried to take a different approach with him this time. I tried to be gentler. It didn’t seem like either approach was working. It was a massive struggle within my team, but it was a great learning and growth curve for me. Me and Gary, I think we had a better relationship this season. That’s not all Gary. It’s the girls too. Work-wise, the girls were amazing, but it wasn’t always about work.

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Do you feel like you could have done something different to prevent Gabriela from leaving mid-season?

I see the comments. I know a lot of people think that was my problem or my problem with Gabriela’s meltdown. I don’t agree with that. I maintain the fact that I did my best. Gabriela is the same age as me. I think it was a lot in his head. Someone can be a little paranoid or feel like everyone is against them, but there’s not much I can say or do. It was a personal inner growth she had to work on.

See AlsoCaptain Glenn Shephard talks about a tense situation in ‘Below Deck Sailing Yacht’ Season 3The crew faces new charters and challenges aboard Parsifal III in Menorca, Spain.

You’ve certainly had your share of difficult charter guests. Erica Rose is back. Then you had a very demanding charter with Dr. Kim Nichols. What was it like reliving those experiences?

No one believes me, but it was actually worse in real life than on the edit, compressed [version]. People lived through this for an hour. We had three full days of it. Seeing him again was funny. They’re not horrible people. Everyone has a good heart. They were screaming my name as I ran around, maybe they didn’t realize the impact. I am also a human. I don’t know how they felt watching. I look back and laugh because I can’t believe I went through this and it happened. It was all a bit surreal.

Ashley felt she should have been higher up the stew hierarchy. It came back when Scarlett arrived and you decided to do the two junior stews. Did it make you think of a second and third stew?

I think it was important for me to show the girls that we are a team. I tried to explain to Ashley, who didn’t air, that in the yachting industry the only reason we have a second stew is to have a platform to move forward. It’s motivating, but it’s not there to lead people or be above someone else. It was important to me that she understood that by the end of the season. It made me think a lot about what I will do next time. Maybe I’ll make everyone a junior stew.

When it comes to your relationship with Gary, everyone seems to be jumping in, including Captain Glenn Shephard. What do you think of the infatuation between you two?

I knew back then during the season that my big story was going to be me and Gary. I predicted very well what story was going to be told. The people behind the scenes explained that the chemistry between us was so intense. The whole boat could smell it. I was prepared for what was to come. I was surprised at how obsessed everyone is with us being a couple. I thought everyone would be against it. We’re just friends. I hate to say this to everyone, but there’s nothing more. Just very cute.

For the moment…

For the moment. Never say never. Last year, there was no way I was telling her I was going to kiss her. So it was surprising.

Do you think seeing him flirting with all the girls was the exit?

Massively. I was the first girl in the first season that he flirted with. It didn’t air, but I scanned it right away. Other people commented that since I wasn’t giving him that attention he was looking for it elsewhere. I thought that was an interesting point. Fair enough, but as soon as he left with Sydney [Zaruba] and Ally [Dore] and now Ashley and Gabriela – yeah, maybe things would have ended differently if he had continued to pursue me, but he didn’t. We’ll never know.

How would you sum up the season?

I thought it was hard to top season 2 because so much happened. This season has been a rollercoaster of emotions. So much happened in Season 3. For me, it was a lot of ups and downs. Like last season, the goal for me was to come out strong with a strong team and a loving friendship. It was a huge success. It’s the pleasure of the show, having the public with us. There were times when they might have thought, ‘Are we going to make it? Will the boat make it? We end on a big high, which you will see in the finale.

What can we expect from the reunion?

I think people took responsibility at the meeting. It’s good to talk about the incidents of the season, but it was good. I think we’re all still talking to each other.

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