Chef Kevin Dobson: Wiki-Bio, Net Worth, Controversy.

The drama follows Kevin Dobson wherever he goes. The head chef in the reality TV series Below Deck, Kevin is known more for his fights than his dishes. From laying the blame on captain Lee Rosbach to kicking the sand in Kate Chastain’s face, Kevin loves the controversy. Of all the members on board, Kevin was the only one who openly rejected the misogyny mentioning that it wasn’t all that bad. Kevin joined the cast on the seventh season of the show, and his prospects of coming back aren’t all that good. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Kevin Dobson.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameKevin Dobson
Date of birthUnknown
Place of birthNew Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Zodiac signUnknown
Net worthEstimated to be around $500,000 as of 2023
EducationCulinary school at age 14
ExperienceOver 15 years as a chef in New Zealand, Australia, US and on yachts
Marital statusUnknown
ChildrenOne daughter
HobbiesFishing and sharing recipes
Social mediaInstagram: @chef_kevin_dobson, YouTube: Small Town Cook, Website: Chef Kevin Dodson
TV showsBelow Deck
AwardsNone known
Cooking tips“Keep it simple, use fresh ingredients, and have fun”
Cooking goalsTo work on some of the largest and most prestigious yachts in the world, to open his own restaurant someday, to share his passion for cooking with others
Cooking motto“Cook with love”

Early Life

Kevin Dobson was born in Lake Tekapo in New Zealand. Born and raised in New Zealand, Kevin has always been good in the kitchen. With his parents to show him the ropes, Kevin quickly excelled in the kitchen. At age 12, Kevin joined a local bakery and started learning more about the industry. Instead of going to a local high school, Kevin decided to enroll in a culinary school located in Timaru. Kevin made the decision when he was just 14 years of age and quickly ascended through the ranks.

Chef Kevin Dobson from Below Deck Mediterranean.
Chef Kevin Dobson from Below Deck Mediterranean.

Professional Career

After graduating from culinary school, Kevin started working in several hotels around New Zealand. He moved to Australia and worked for a while before coming back to New Zealand to work in Arrowtown with Pete [Gawron] at Saffron. He moved to the US before heading back to Australia, for the second time.
Kevin’s first experienced the world of yachting during his second stay in Australia. He joined a yacht that made rounds of the Kimberley, up the top of Western Australia. After realizing the amount he could make from yachting, Kevin decided to work as a yacht chef. The change in heart came after Kevin had a daughter and had to work to support her.

Below Deck

Kevin first came in touch with the producers in 2016 when he was just finding up his place in yachting. Not wanting to destroy his career prospects, Kevin turned down the offer. Talking about the rejection, Kevin revealed,

“My understanding was that it kind of ruins your ticket for any further career in yachting, as the show’s a little bit frowned upon in the professional realm.”

But when he was approached once again in 2018, Kevin was finishing up on a boat and signed up for it.

First Impressions

In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, Kevin revealed that he often came off as cocky. Explaining his behavior, Kevin revealed that it comes from his years of experience as a chef.

“I’ve worked on quite professional boats previous to jumping on this, and the level of service, what I expect, isn’t really there. And it just gets a bit frustrating really.”

Net Worth

Kevin has an estimated net worth of $500,000 as of 2023. This is based on his earnings as a chef on yachts and on land, his appearance on Below Deck, as well as his YouTube channel and his website.

Marital Status

Kevin isn’t only a private chef but also He is a father who has a daughter from a previous relationship. But what is his current marital status and how has it changed over the year?

Chef Kevin Dobson is not married, but was rumored to be dating while filming Below Deck season 7, which aired from October 2019 to February 2020. However, he did not disclose the name or details of his partner, and kept his personal life private. He also did not show any romantic interest in any of the female crew members on board the motor yacht Valor.

Chef Kevin Dobson has not shared much about his relationship status since the show ended. He has not posted any photos or videos with his partner on his social media accounts, such as Instagram or YouTube. He has also not given any interviews or updates about his love life. He seems to be focused on his career as a chef, both on yachts and on land, as well as his daughter, whom he mentioned on Below Deck.


During his time on-board, Kevin has been involved in his fair share of controversies. In the season finale, Kevin kicked sand in Kate‘s face. When asked about the whole thing, Kevin explained,

“I don’t remember kicking sand in her face but I obviously did it for a reason. If she said, like, ‘You balding dickhead,’ or told me I had a small penis, if she said some truth that’s fine, but definitely don’t call me a shitty yacht chef.”

He even laid it to Captain Lee Rosbach, when the captained mentioned he wasn’t aware of the misogyny on board. To which the captain replied,

“Kevin, you asked why I didn’t know? What would you have done differently to make yourself aware of what I didn’t know? How would you have behaved, Captain Kevin?”

Chances are this was the last interaction between Captain Lee and Kevin Dobson.

Physical Traits

Physical TraitDescription
Eye colorBlue
Hair colorBrown
Hair styleShort
Facial hairNone
Skin toneFair
Body typeFit and muscular
TattoosNone visible
PiercingsNone visible
ScarsNone visible
BirthmarksNone visible
Clothing styleCasual and comfortable, often wears t-shirts, jeans, shorts, and sneakers. On board, wears a white chef jacket and black pants.

Chef Kevin Dobson FQAs

Is Chef Kevin Dobson married?No
Does Chef Kevin Dobson have a child?Yes
Is Chef Kevin Dobson still working as a chef?Yes, he is still working as a chef, both on yachts and on land
Is Chef Kevin Dobson still in touch with the Below Deck crew?No, he is not in touch with most of them, especially Kate Chastain and Captain Lee Rosbach, whom he clashed with on the show
Is Chef Kevin Dobson active on social media?Yes, he is active on Instagram, YouTube, and his website, where he shares his recipes and cooking tips
Is Chef Kevin Dobson from New Zealand?Yes, he is from New Zealand
Is Chef Kevin Dobson returning to Below Deck?No, he is not returning to Below Deck, at least not for the upcoming season
Is Chef Kevin Dobson a talented chef?Yes, he is a talented chef who has worked on some of the most luxurious yachts in the world and has over 15 years of experience in the culinary industry
Is Chef Kevin Dobson a fan favorite?No, he is not a fan favorite, as he was often criticized for his cocky attitude and his drama with the other crew members on Below Deck

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