Unpacking 'Below Deck' Chef Rachel's Incredible 30 Seconds On 'America's Next Top Model'

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Unpacking 'Below Deck' Chef Rachel's Incredible 30 Seconds On 'America's Next Top Model'

Six episodes into the new season of Below Deck, it’s clear Chef Rachel was always meant to be a star. Her “R-rated” sense of humor combined with her culinary wizardry has made her the perfect addition to the Bravo show, but it turns out her premiere on Season 8 wasn’t her first reality TV appearance. If you stalk her Instagram, you’ll find out that she was also once a proud contestant on Season 4 of America’s Next Top Model. Once I saw that, I knew I had to find out more — so checked out competition series to see what we could learn about Captain Lee’s new favorite employee.

To be honest, though, there’s not a lot to it. While she made it to the final on-camera auditions, Rachel only got about 30 seconds of screen time before she was sent packing. But when I tell you that those 30 seconds of screen time are everything, I mean it. If you ask me (and apparently also Tyra Banks, Jay Manuel and J. Alexander), Rachel was never meant for a life in the modeling world, but she’s always been ready to risk it all on reality TV. Let’s get into it.

Her First Appearance

We get our first glimpse of Rachel when the final 35 girls hoping to make it onto the show are invited to call backs in glamorous Los Angeles, California. When Jay asked the girls what they think Tyra is looking for — and what they can bring to the table — Rachel hinted that she just might be the one. “[I think she’s looking for] somebody that can bring something new,” she said, while looking fierce and 2005 AF in a green and blue striped off-the-shoulder poncho and blonde highlights. Work it, girl!

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