Chef Mathew had the show’s worst burn – “It was all black on the surface” (exclusive)

Chef Mathew Shea revealed he suffered the worst burn of his culinary career on Under the Mediterranean Bridge, adding that he was in so much pain, he did not realize that his body had been briefly engulfed in flames. He explained to Showbiz Cheat Sheet how he got burnt and some of the dangerous elements that contributed to his hand being almost completely charred.

Chef Mathew only thought about containing the ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ fire

Shea said that despite her pain, her first thought was to make sure the boat didn’t catch fire. “The first thing was to put out the fire,” he recalls. “Spoiler alert, the boat is not burning.”

Under the Mediterranean Bridge‘s Mzi Zee Dempers and Chef Mathew Shea at dinner with the crew | Laurent Basset / Bravo)

He said the pain set in after the fire was extinguished. Shea is shown throwing a burning plate in the sink. But the pot isn’t the only thing on fire, as the cameras also capture flames bursting from Shea’s back. “I burned my finger pretty badly,” he told Captain Sandy Yawn. She looks shocked when she sees the extent of the damage.

Chief Mathew didn’t realize he was on fire on “Below Deck Med”

“It was my second fire, which is embarrassing,” Shea told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. He said the trailer was shocking because he didn’t know he was on fire as well. “I didn’t see it until I saw the trailer,” Shea said.

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He shared what he was cooking at the time. “I had a plate on the burners and I was frying something,” he recalls. “And I had a paper towel on it. I should have just had a baking sheet as a drip pan. And the [stove] the knobs kept turning. I don’t know, like every time you passed them they would get hot. So the burner was on under the pot which had a paper towel on it and the paper towel caught fire. Because Shea had to act quickly, he grabbed the flaming pan with his bare hand. “I just grabbed the pot with my hand and brought it across the kitchen and put it on the sink.”

What did Chef Mathew think when the Relief Chef showed up on “Below Deck Med”?

Shea said the injury required medical attention. “Yes, everything was black on the surface,” he said. “I kept it in an ice pack for a while. Yeah, that was boring. And I’m a hypochondriac [laughs]. First the knee thing! Knee 2.0.

He laughed at the number of people injured this season. “David [Pascoe] fell, [Mzi] Zee [Dempers] always falls, ”he laughed. “I am still burning myself.”

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While Shea couldn’t reveal much, he did refer to the relief leader showing up on the boat. Shea looks shocked when the chef arrives in the crew’s mess. “I didn’t really think about it until I met him,” Shea said of the arrival of the chef, who was originally supposed to replace him. “And I just felt bad. He had been in quarantine for so long. And I have a second chance. But if I were in his place, I would be disappointed. So I felt for him, you know? Yeah, it was awkward to meet him.

Under the Mediterranean bridge Airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET / PT. New episodes are available on Peacock a week earlier on Monday.

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