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McMurdo Station is a U.S. research center in Antarctica that houses the largest community on the continent—the population swells to over 1,000 in the summer—and a lot of logistics go into feeding employees literally in the middle of nowhere.

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McMurdo Station, one of three research stations operated by the National Science Foundation’s U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) and the largest on the continent, sits on the volcanic rock of Hut Point Peninsula on Ross Island. Needless to say, it’s cold—it averages an annual temperature of zero degrees Fahrenheit, with 24-hours a day of sunshine or darkness, depending on the season.

Not everyone would consider hospitality work in the Antarctic to be a dream job, but Karen Duey, who earned her associate degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1995 and is now working towards her bachelor’s through the JWU College of Online Education, had been determined to get to the southernmost continent since she was 18-years-old. Her goal finally became a reality in 2013 when she became a chef at the station. She spoke with SkiftX about the unique challenges that come with feeding a staff in such a barren location.

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