Nearly 1,200 people live and work at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica and they all rely on one chef’s skills.

How much work goes into feeding this small army of scientists?

“We are prepping two days out and trying to have our proteins ready to go,” said Sabella. “Any given meal has between eight and 12 man hours of prep time going into it.”

The food isn’t that bad either: pork tenderloin, fresh fruits and vegetables– 99 percent of the meals are reportedly prepared from scratch.