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Executive Head Chef

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis

With our 130 years of experience along the Norwegian coast, we have connected coastal communities and given our guests an authentic experience whether they sail short or far, from port to port or full round trip. At the same time, we have transported important cargo between ports. Our original coastal voyage is known worldwide as "the world's most beautiful coastal voyage", combining beautiful scenery and authentic culture with delicious food experiences. In addition, we have our beautiful ship, MS Trollfjord, which sails to Svalbard in the summer and North Cape in the winter.

Now, Hurtigruten Norway are ready to increase the number of commercial ships on this iconic voyage. MS Otto Sverdrup sails from Hamburg to Norwegian destinations with primarily German guests, where we want new colleagues who can communicate in German.

We are now looking for people for all our ships where we want you who are passionate about service and love to offer good guest experiences. Do you want to join the journey and show our guests our home?

Work with great people

Ragnhild Sanderud
Head of Finance
"I Hurtigruten får jeg jobbe med spennende problemstillinger i et dynamisk miljø. Vi har et unikt produkt som det er utrolig givende å få ta del i og videreutvikle."
Linn Grønli Smith
Team Lead – Crew Center
"Mine medarbeidere tar utfordringer på strak arm, er endringsvillige og lojale, og vi har et kollegialt samhold. Det gjør meg stolt."
Mona Iren Bratteng
"Å jobbe i resepsjonen på Hurtigruten er spennende og variert. Siden jeg begynte i 2014 har jeg sett mye glede hos gjestene når vi oppfyller deres drøm."
Linn Bjørgen
"Det er spennende og lærerikt å seile langs norskekysten i varierte værforhold, sommer som vinter."
Simen Opdahl
"Det er givende å holde skipet i god stand. Varierte dager med fortøyning og godshåndtering."
Lovisa Kaasa
"Mangfoldet er fantastisk. Alltid nye mennesker, situasjoner og opplevelser. Spennende og givende!"
Stine Hovelsen Hjelseth
"Det jeg liker best med å jobbe i Hurtigruten er at dagene er varierte og innholdsrike."
Kasper Kvalvik
"Det er veldig givende med flotte kollegaer og varierte dager. Alltid hyggelig å møte nye gjester."
Tonje Larsen
Kokk og Konditor
"Vi har et veldig stort og spennende læringsmiljø. Du lærer hver dag og du blir aldri utlært."
Monton Buaon
"Vi har et veldig fantastisk arbeidsmiljø, og alle kollegaene er kjempe hyggelige og støtter hverandre."
Lykke Eidsvoll Lund
"I Hurtigruten blir alle som en familie, enten om du er gjest eller ansatt."
David Lam
Expedition leader
"Det beste med jobben er variationen fra dag til dag, gjestekontakten og naturopplevelsene."
Kjell Armand Stub
"Ingen er bedre enn den dårligste. Det gjelder om å bygge opp hverandre og gi rom for å prøve seg. Her i Hurtigruten Norge har du bestandig noen å støtte deg på."
Tony Pedersen
"Vi er et godt team der vi alle samarbeider og får jobben gjort på en effektiv og bra måte."

Skills & Requirements

As a global leader in adventure travel, Hurtigruten strives to optimize hotel operations on board to give our guests the best experience. We are continuously working on the further development and implementation of new concepts that will create even better experiences for our guests. We work to further develop our employees so that together we can provide world-class service and quality.

Are you passionate about working with local food and love providing world-class service? Are you hungry for new challenges and want to work with our concept that is a world leader in local food and adventure travel? Then it is you we seek!

For 130 years, we have worked to provide our guests with unforgettable experiences and offer those we work together with an exciting and rewarding work environment.

Do you want to help create world-class adventure travel? Are you able to drive the team through change and development? Are you hungry for new challenges in a company with high ambitions and full speed ahead?

We are now looking for an executive head chef with an interest in good, local ingredients and a desire to work with our renowned food concept Norway's coastal kitchen. We hope you will help create food delivered by Norwegian, local producers along the coast, where sustainability, animal welfare, unique products and the good stories are in focus. For Hurtigruten, the entire value chain is important.

Working on ships is a way of life and you will get a unique chance to become part of a working environment with passion and determination to succeed. Collaboration, trust, respect and empathy are qualities we value highly and which are important for maintaining an environment based on diversity and inclusion.

Do you recognize yourself in our values: We Inspire, We Empower, We Care, We Explore?

Duties and responsibilities

  • The operator of the galley and provision rooms, including proper cleaning/hygiene in accordance with applicable procedures/instructions, and co-responsible for the operation of all catering premises associated with the galley

  • Supervisor of galley employees and ensure efficient and economical utilization of available resources

  • Co-responsible for provisioning according to pre-prepared menus, incl. quantity calculation

  • Goods orders in cooperation with the warehouse manager

  • Responsible for inspection of all food delivered to the ship with regard to shelf life, temperature, packaging and quality in accordance with applicable procedures/instructions

  • Dietary manager for a professionally correct and varied diet for our crew

  • Co-responsible for supervision and maintenance of galley equipment, including provision rooms

  • Budget manager within your area of work

  • Responsible for training galley personnel

  • Responsible for ensuring that instructions in the manual for warehouse management system are followed up in the galley

  • Responsible for ensuring that the ship's operational and safety management systems, including HACCP and internal control food routines, are followed up within the area of responsibility

  • Check that work and rest time registrations for employees in the galley are kept correctly

  • Ensure that the company's standards in relation to service and quality are met

  • Ensure the quickness, freshness and quality of dishes

  • Quality control in all departments

  • Follow-up of food waste

  • Coordinate the chefs' tasks

  • Responsible for holding cooking classes and presentations


  • Certificate of apprenticeship as a cook

  • At least 10 years of experience in management and kitchen operations

  • Quality conscious

  • Good knowledge of HACCP and internal control food

  • Personal suitability will be emphasized

  • Good knowledge of German and English, advantage of Scandinavian language

  • Hurtigruten set high demands for safety on board, which means that all employees must have; Basic safety course for seafarers, Crowd and Crisis course, and approved health certificate from authorized seafarer doctor. There is no requirement to have completed the courses before applying, but you must be willing to take them, and please note that the individual must pay for the courses themselves.

Personal qualities

  • High focus on safety
  • Confident leader who is able to motivate and inspire your employees
  • Sociable, solution-oriented and flexible

  • You have control over the details, while being able to see the big picture

  • You like working in a team

  • You have good communication skills, both orally and in writing, and are responsible and decisive

We offer

  • A challenging position where you work with one of Norway's strongest brands together with good colleagues

  • An exciting future characterized by new initiatives and great drive

  • Exciting F&B concept

  • Varied working day with 1:1 shifts (two round trips)

  • Salary according to Norwegian tariff

  • Food and lodging on board

  • Paid travel to and from the port of departure, by arrangement

  • Competitive terms with, among other things, good pension and insurance terms

  • A unique workplace with good colleagues of all ages and social cohesion

Applications received will be processed on an ongoing basis

Do you want to know more about our renowned food concept Norway's Coastal Kitchen? Cooking with Culinary Ambassadors - YouTube

Great Place to Work

  • Play your part

  • Inspire the Adventure

  • Make tomorrow better

About the company

The undisputed global leader in sustainable inspirational adventure travel — a catalyst for change towards a greener travel industry. Formed in 1893, Hurtigruten Group is the world’s leading adventure travel group. We have 2,400+ employees worldwide, representing more than 50 nationalities. They form part of three main business units — Hurtigruten Expeditions, Hurtigruten Coastal Express, and Hurtigruten Svalbard — which offer unique small-ship and land-based adventures from pole-to-pole.

At Hurtigruten Coastal Express, we keep Norway moving, connecting 34 communities along its rugged coastline. Through the experience of exploration, we are changing people’s perspectives on what domestic adventure travel looks like while impacting the lives of millions of people.

As a Group, we are revolutionising the travel industry’s approach to sustainability through a number of vital initiatives to protect the world we explore.

Quick overviewTOM

Single-use plastic banHurtigruten was the first major travel company to have removed single-use plastic from its entire fleet and our hotels.

Hybrid Explorer shipsHurtigruten has two hybrid-electric powered expedition cruise ships that offer a 20% reduction of fuel consumption.

Beach cleanupsHurtigruten Expedition Teams encourage guests to take part in beach clean-ups, which results in several metric tonnes of trash every year being removed.

Hurtigruten FoundationThe Foundation specialises in the conservation of endangered species, fighting against marine and plastic pollution.

I korte trekkTOM

Forbud mot engangsplastHurtigruten Group er det første store reiseselskapet som fjernet engangsplast fra hele flåten og hotellene våre.

Hybride ekspedisjonsskipHurtigruten Group har to hybridelektriske ekspedisjonsskip som betyr 20 % redusert drivstofforbruk.

StrandryddingHurtigrutens ekspedisjonsteam oppfordrer gjestene til å delta i strandrydding, noe som resulterer i at flere tonn søppel blir fjernet hvert år.

Hurtigruten FoundationStiftelsen har fokus på bevaring av truede arter og bekjemper plast- og havforurensning.

Tone Krogstad | Contact Person

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