The British Antarctic Survey

Chef – Antarctica

£23,937 per annum initially
09 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
BAS 04/19
Job Function
Contract Type
Full Time


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 contracts of between 6 and 18 months. 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.


As an experienced chef you will provide a high standard of professional catering service for the Station. Your role is to provide, varied, balanced and nutritious meals to the scientists and support staff living on the station.

Working a shift pattern, sometimes including nights, you will provide up to 3 meals a day for up to ~150 people (Rothera in the summer) as well as snacks, bread and other baked goods.


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


- 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.

- To undertake other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

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 04/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interview date: w/c 17th June 2019
Proposed start date: September 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. 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. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.