The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is seeking to appoint an experienced chef at Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula to provide a high standard, professional catering service for the station during the austral summer season. Chefs form a component of the operational support teams, under the purview of the Station Logistics Manager, which are critical to maintaining an efficient and functioning station. Summer chefs overlap with the outgoing and incoming winter chefs, who are either finishing or starting 18 month tours.
Antarctica is the coldest and most isolated continent in the world, providing a unique and spectacular experience. Candidates must be comfortable living and working in a remote, yet densely populated environment, and must be able to produce a wide and interesting variety of dishes to sustain a constantly fluctuating population. Food deliveries occur annually by ship so catering must meet the expectations and dietary requirements of the science, operations, construction and support staff living on station using the finite ingredients available.
Unlike a standard restaurant or hotel job, life on a remote research station is broader than primary employment. Chefs participate in all aspects of station life, such as first aid, cargo handling and field skills training. Other routine tasks during the tour may involve riding snowmobiles, flying on small aircraft to field locations or sailing through pack ice on a polar class ship.
For the experienced chef with a positive attitude and a passion for delivering fantastic food, this role offers a different and truly unforgettable opportunity.
Head chef opportunity
During summer months there is a requirement to appoint a head chef, who is responsible for managing the team of chefs on station. The head chef is locally supervised by the Station Logistics Manager and is selected from the pool of summer and winter chefs, after all the successful candidates have been identified. To be considered for this additional responsibility, candidates must provide evidence of supervisory experience at interview.