Chef – Antarctica

at British Antarctic Survey
Location Rothera Research Station, Antarctica
Date Posted 29th June 2018
Category Chef
Job Type Contract/short-term

Description

As an experienced chef you will provide a high standard of professional catering service for the Station. Food deliveries are made once a year and your cooking will need to meet the needs of the scientists and support staff living on the station for up to 18 months using the ingredients you have available.

During the Antarctic summer season your customers will be the same ones for up to 200 days so you need to be able to produce a wide variety of dishes to suit your group and cater for any dietary or medical requirements. Life on a remote ice station is not all about the day job. You will be expected to take part in all aspects of station life including First Aid, field living and skills training, cargo handling and a myriad of other tasks.

BAS are looking to employ chefs to complete contracts of 8 months to support our modernisation works at Rothera station. This is not your standard hotel or restaurant job. We are looking to feed our 150 team members up to 5 meals a day. The team of five chefs will provide all food offerings from baking bread to formal meals and everything inbetween. You will be a vital part of the station team. You will travel to Antarctica and as part of your day to day work ride skidoos, be part of the station emergency response teams, fly on small aircraft over the ice shelf’s or sail through the pack ice on one of our ice strengthened ships. When on station all outdoor and work clothing is provided and with very few opportunities to spend money on station your season could provide you with a tidy sum at the end of it. If you can produce great food with a positive attitude whatever the Antarctic can throw at you this could be the job for you.

The work will be hard but the memories will last for a lifetime.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 31st July 2018

Purpose

As an experienced chef you will provide a high standard of professional catering service for the Station. Food deliveries are made once a year and your cooking will need to meet the needs of the scientists and support staff living on the station for up to 18 months using the ingredients you have available. During the winter your customers will be the same ones for up to 295 days so you need to be able to produce a wide variety of dishes to suit your group and cater for any dietary or medical requirements. Life on a remote ice station is not all about the day job. You will be expected to take part in all aspects of station life including First Aid, field living and skills training, cargo handling and a myriad of other tasks. BAS are looking to employ chefs to complete 18 month and 6 month contracts. This is not your standard hotel or restaurant job. You will be a vital part of the station team. You will travel to Antarctica and as part of your day to day work ride skidoos, be part of the station emergency response teams, fly on small aircraft over the ice shelf’s or sail through the pack ice on one of our ice strengthened ships. When on station all outdoor and work clothing is provided and with very few opportunities to spend money on station your season could provide you with a tidy sum at the end of it. If you can produce great food with a positive attitude whatever the Antarctic can throw at you this could be the job for you. The work will be hard but the memories will last for a lifetime.

Qualification

NVQ 3 or 4 or equivalent experience.
Nationally recognised qualification in Food Safety level 3. (Must be current)

Duties

Duties:
- Catering: provide as required meals and snacks for station staff and visitors.
- Stock Control: responsible for food and equipment, stocks and stock rotation. Active involvement with Station managers in ordering replenishment stocks.
- Food safety: responsible for maintaining high standards of personal and kitchen hygiene, maintaining food safety records.
- Cleaning: responsible for maintaining cleanliness of kitchen and all food storage areas.
- Training: responsible for training station members in basic food safety and safe working practices.
- Domestic Stores: responsible for stock control and rotation of domestic cleaning stores.
- To assist in other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies
These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 04/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 22nd July 2018
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 31st July 2018
Proposed start date: 8th October 2018

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job role.

We are particularly keen to hear from members of the Explorers Connect community so please mention Explorers Connect in your application.