Antarctica – once she gets under your skin you just can't get enough of her! I feel the same mixture of excitement, privilege and wonder today as I did the first time I stepped foot on the ice.
My name is Bobbie and this is my 3rd season on the ice as Antarctica New Zealand's Winter Chef and I wouldn't rule out applying for another season or two – it's truly magical down here and the experience gets better and better each time I come down.
I grew up in Hamner Springs and trained as a chef at Christchurch Polytech before working in restaurants around New Zealand and overseas. After my second season at Scott Base I decided to experience Antarctica from the water and was a chef on one of the scientific cruises in the Ross Sea.
Unfortunately my sea-legs were conspicuous by their absence and gave me an appreciation of the challenges Antarctic scientists face when their lab is constantly moving!
During the summer there are two chefs on base and this year our summer chef Tracy swapped plus 40 degrees in Perth goldmines with negative 40 to join me on the ice!! In the height of summer we cooked for up to 90 people but this drops to 15 in the winter when I'm on my own.
Not everyone is as lucky as me to secure one of the hotly contested positions at Antarctica New Zealand's Scott Base, not once but three times, so I want to share the magic and my day-to-day experiences with you – you never know you just might catch the Antarctic bug and join our team one day!