Fredrik Skaugen

Fredrik Skaugen is head chef at Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel. He was born and raised in Brumunddal. Fredrik, who will turn 28 in 2024, has enriched the Norwegian culinary landscape with his expertise and passion for Nordic food since he obtained his vocational certificate as a chef in 2016.

With experience from several well-known kitchens in Norway, Fredrik brings knowledge and innovation to the kitchen team at Isfjord Radio. Among other things, he has been project manager and concept developer at Havna Drift in Brumunddal, had the role of head chef at eateries such as Smak Brumunddal, God og mett and Jotunheimen Fjellhotell. He has also had a role in Culinary Fanaticism and was a chef at To Rom og Kjøkken in Trondheim. Fredrik’s broad experience has sharpened his ability to create excellent dining experiences under demanding conditions.

Fredrik preparing dinner at Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel

For the position of head chef at Isfjord Radio, Fredrik was driven by a desire to tackle the demanding challenges of running a kitchen in one of the world’s most isolated places. With complicated logistics and changing, rough weather, Fredrik seeks to maintain a high standard at all meals at the wilderness hotel. He makes full use of the local ingredients, ensures minimal waste and creates menus that reflect the Nordic heritage.

For Fredrik, life on Svalbard is more than just a job; it’s a way of life. Previous sailing adventures around Norway have given him a deep understanding and appreciation of Norwegian nature and landscape. He regards being isolated on Svalbard as therapeutic, a rare opportunity for self-insight, relaxation and to experience the arctic wilderness in the most authentic way.

Fredrik’s is as colorful as his culinary creations. He is outgoing and always looking for the next adventure. For him, the cooking profession is not just a profession, but a passion that provides opportunities for continuous learning and experiences.


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