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Head Chef

Santa Safari


Competitive salary + accommodation + food + travel expenses

October 2014

April 2015


Are you an experienced head chef looking to work somewhere different this Winter?

The role requires an experienced head chef, used to running a large kitchen, to be based in Lapland.

Your responsibilities will include ensuring the smooth operation of the kitchen and the timely production of high quality food.

A budget will be agreed and you will be tasked with maintaining the budge for your kitchen. In doing so, you will be responsible for ordering food, organising your team and ensuring quality, presentation and cleanliness of the kitchen. Meals will be a combination of a la carte and buffet for approx 100- 150 guests three times per day.


You will need to be self-motivated, a team player and confident in your abilities to lead. This role requires an open mind, the ability to organise and communicate effectively whilst been able to delegate accordingly. You will need to have a good grasp of planning / logistics and be able to make changes / decisions as and when necessary and most of time on the spot and be able to communicate these changes to the team and all suppliers efficiently.

Also required: 

  • Qualification or proven ability in the catering industry 
  • Management and Supervisory skills 
  • 24/7 Attitude
  • Full knowledge and ability to understand HCCAP
  • Flexibility and open  mind

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About us
One of the leading inbound tour operators in Lapland, Santa Safari provides a range of thrilling activities, quality accommodation , customers' experience and a wide range of unforgettable activities , all set deep within the Arctic wilderness. Winter activities range from snowmobiling, husky sledding and memorable Northern Lights safaris, as well exciting summer activities.

Guests benefit from extremely high standards of services, vehicles, equipment and customer care. Handling well over 10,000 satisfied customers, each year, Santa Safari's clientele ranges from international tour operators to individual travellers that are seeking an authentic Lapland experience.

Deep inside the Arctic Circle, the picturesque village of Karesuando is set on the edge of a vast wilderness where beauty, nature and wildlife abound. Karesuando is a charming village on the border between Finland and Sweden, which means you are able to walk between two countries.

Santa Safari can provide clients with some of the best value accommodation in the region.

  • Davvi Arctic Lodge situated in the Finish Karesuvanto consists of hotel rooms, traditional wooden cabins; modern Fell houses and refurbished 'designer' accommodation call the Aurora House.
  • Arctic Star hotel is situated on the outskirts of the small village of Swedish Karesuando, and has recently undergone a programme of modernisation. All rooms are simply furnished and all offer en-suite facilities and as a matter of interest, the Dalai Lama once stayed at the Arctic Star Hotel.
  • Milinmaja Restaurant and Cabins is a small, charming cluster of cabins with an excellent location in the heart of Finnish Karesuvanto just 10 minute (approx. 800m) walk from the Davvi Arctic Lodge.
Working at Santa Safari
The Santa Safari team is enthusiastic, dedicated and hardworking. We have hands on approach and are passionate about delivering high quality customer experiences throughout the year. All our job roles are challenging but rewarding and require a high level of flexibility and team spirit. A "can do attitude" is essential and willingness to step into other roles as necessary to ensure the smooth running of the programmes.

Working in the Arctic requires physical fitness, passion and above all commitment. The remote environment and the intensity of the client programme are not for the faint hearted but it offs staff a life time experience like no others. If you have what it takes to be part of the Santa Safari team please apply. We'd love to hear form you.

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