(Ant)Arctic Chef

The following was an actual posting for a chef position by the British Antarctic Survey Natural Environment Research Council:

“Antarctica is the coldest and most isolated continent in the world. It’s also the exhilarating, providing a unique and spectacular setting for our vital scientific research.

Antony Dubber, Antarctic Chef

Antony Dubber, Antarctic Chef

The successful chef candidate must have proven experience in kitchen management, including inventory control and producing quality menus for up to 100 people. You’ll also have basic computer literacy, good communication skills and the ability to  work under pressure with limited time and resources. You must be willing to make a commitment for 18 months. Annual salary 23,000 British pounds [approximately $37,806 U.S. dollars on this day’s posting]. Qualifications in food hygiene required.”

The advert should have mentioned that a thick skin, thermal underwear and a silly hat would be useful, too.

The position was filled by Antony Dubber. Do not despair: there are executive chef jobs in Minneapolis, where the temperature outside as I write is a balmy – 10 degrees F.

From an excerpt from Food Jobs: 150 Great Jobs for Culinary Students, Career Changers and FOOD Lovers.