Below Deck: Chef Mathew Shea details horror injury while filming ‘It was gnarly’

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Newcomer to the reality series, Chef Matthew, has raised some eyebrows after his two absences during Below Deck Mediterranean’s latest charter. Now the voyage has come to an end, the chef has detailed how he sustained “the worst burn of his life”, explaining the pain was so excruciating, he didn’t realise his body had caught fire briefly. 

Mathew has drawn mixed reactions from cast members during the sixth instalment of the Below Deck spin-off.

The 27-year-old told Showbiz Cheat Sheet about how he was burnt so badly that his hand was almost completely charred. 

Mathew said despite being in pain, his first thought was to make sure the boat didn’t catch on fire. 

“The first thing was to just get the fire out,” he recalled. “Spoiler alert, the boat doesn’t burn down”.

The chef said the pain set in after the fire was extinguished. 

During filming Mathew was seen throwing a pan engulfed in flames into a sink. 

As well as capturing the pain, cameras filmed flamed shooting off his back too. 

“I burned my finger pretty bad,” Mathew told Captain Sandy Yawn, who was shocked at the extent of the damage. 

He told Showbiz Cheat Sheet: “It was my second fire, which is embarrassing.”

Mathew explained that the show’s trailer was shocking to him, because he was unaware that he was on fire too until he watched it.

When reflecting on the injury and pain, he added: “I didn’t see that until I saw the trailer.”

Mathew went on to explain that he was cooking at the time of the horrific accident.

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“I had a sheet pan on the burners and I was frying something,” he recalled. 

“And I had a paper towel on that. I should have just had a baking sheet as a drip tray. And the [stove] knobs kept turning. I don’t know, like every time you would bump into them, they’d go to high heat. 

“So the burner was on beneath the pan that had a paper towel on it and the paper towel caught on fire.” 

Without thinking, Mathew grabbed the flaming pan with his bare hand.  

He said: “I just grabbed the pan with my hand and brought it across the kitchen and put it on the sink.”

Due to the severity of the injury, Mathew needed medical attention.

Mathew joined the crew of the Lady Michelle for season six of Below Deck Mediterranean.

Despite his clumsiness, the chef is no stranger to working at sea, being born and raised in the sailing hub of Rhode Island in the United States.

His passion for cooking has been with him from the start, after wanting to be a chef from the young age of 12.

His mum ran a macrobiotic cooking school in the 1980s, which quickly nurtured his passion for food from an early age.

Below Deck Mediterranean season 6 continues Mondays on Bravo. Episodes are available a week earlier on Peacock.

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