A little about our 2022 special guest:
Bugsy Drake, "The Queen of Theme"
Widely known for her role as Chief Stew on Bravo’s Below Deck Mediterranean, Christine “Bugsy” Drake, can be seen dazzling luxury yacht guests with her signature tablescapes and over-the-top theme parties. The self-proclaimed “Queen
of Theme” possesses a personal style that often embellishes on her table décor and almost always includes large hoop earrings with her infamous barrettes.
Born in South Africa, Bugsy is a seasoned yachtie—
pronounced “yot– tee”—having joined the floating hospitality world in 2013. Since then, she has sailed around the world entertaining the rich (and sometimes famous) on some of the finest luxury yachts. Striking a balance between
firebrand and class and dignity, Bugsy brings a unique combination of professionalism, elegance, and spunk to each charter. And amidst the glitz and glamor, Bugsy has learned to ‘smile and wave’ so much that her smile lines have become
permanent (if unwanted) fixtures on her face.
Bugsy’s passion for hospitality knows no bounds—
from craning thousands of dollars’ worth of ice sculptures onto a boat in St. Tropez to Q-tipping an entire bedroom clean, she has seen and done it all… But it’s her authentic love for elaborate table-settings and outrageous theme parties
(complete with ridiculous costumes, of course), that continues to captivate both her demanding clientele and TV viewers alike, establishing Bugsy as an in-demand entertaining expert.
And fortunately, however, you no longer need to charter a superyacht to party like the “Queen of Theme.” In her book, "The Art of Tablescaping"
, released in 2021, Bugsy is serving up all her secrets for creating show-stopping table-settings and unforgettably enchanting events. Honed over nearly a decade working on the
world's most exclusive yachts and private islands, Bugsy shares her best entertaining tips, décor inspo, and step-by-step guides for creating your own world-class "dining adventures.”
With an innate gift for spreading joy and happiness to others, Bugsy lives her life by the ethos of kindness— and her authentic positivity shines through in everything she does.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media from Saint Mary’s University in South Africa.
Check back later in the year when we announce our guests for 2023!