Chef slicing up a rib eye
Davis station chef Justin Chambers slicing up a rib eye after 18 hours of slow cooking (Photo: David Hosken)
Chef in kitchen stirring large casseroleChristmas dinner preparations in the Macquarie Island kitchenCooking up a feastChef baking breadPlant inspector and station chef making breadMawson station chef throwing a cup of warm water into the air, which instantly vapourises as the temperature is below minus 15 degreesRoasting a pig on a spitChef looking pleased with a delivery of mangosThere are commercial kitchen facilities at each stationChef with Midwinter feast Freshly baked breadChef with table laden with special occasion feastExpeditioners eating

As the station chef, your establishment is the only restaurant for thousands of kilometres!

If expeditioners don’t like your cooking, they can’t try the place next door because there isn’t one!

Your job is probably one of the most challenging and rewarding on station, and there are many things to consider to successfully run your kitchen in such isolated conditions.

As the chef you will be responsible for station cooking and catering, food and kitchen hygiene, maintaining accurate records of all food and consumables, stock control, and for assisting with the re-ordering of food and consumables for the next season.

What will you actually do on the job?

  • Provide a nutritious and varied diet for expeditioners from Monday to Saturday inclusive (chefs are rostered off on Sundays during winter months).
  • Satisfy varied dietary requirements, e.g. vegetarians and vegans.
  • Maintain the kitchen and utensils in a safe, operational and hygienic condition.
  • Manage food and consumable stock and ensure suitable storage.
  • Supervise and train the rostered kitchen staff.
  • Monitor usage of food items to enable re-ordering for next year.
  • Promote a convivial and sociable working and dining environment.
  • Manage food stocks at field huts and depots.
  • Prior to departure for Antarctica, assist with the ordering of kitchen equipment and consumables, and food including items for special dietary requirements.

As well as these specific job roles you will also be required to perform station duties rostered by the station leader to support community life, such as general kitchen duties, garbage clearance, water duties, and assisting other expedition members with official programs. You may volunteer for other duties such as firefighting, hydroponics and boating.

Interested in working in Antarctica?

Jobs in Antarctica are advertised during a recruitment period towards the end of each year. Some positions are not available every year. For more information, see Jobs in Antarctica.