Mark Murphy is preparing to cook in a place he has never cooked before – in deep space, or rather, at Gateway: The Deep Space Complex.
Set to host the latest attraction at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, “Taste of Space: Celebrity Chef Edition” (Opens in a new tab) A star-studded food show event featuring Murphy and fellow acclaimed chefs Rocco Desperito and Dove Goldman. The Evening of Cooking is scheduled for Friday, November 4 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. EST.
“I’m really excited,” Murphy said in an interview with collectSPACE.com. “I’ve never actually been there before. I’m upset!”
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A chef and restaurateur who has worked in some of the most respected kitchens in the world and is today one of New York’s most famous chefs, Murphy is a Food Network judge on “Chopped” and “Chopped Junior” and has appeared in “Guy’s Grocery Games”, “Guy’s Ranch Kitchen” and “Beat Bobby Flay” and several national news and talk shows.
However, “a taste of space” is his first taste of space.
“I couldn’t do it – I would go crazy,” Murphy said of his prospects for living in space. “I need a lot of stimulation in all different ways, and food is obviously one of them. I love the flavors, I love textures, and I love food basically.”
Space food has come a long way (Opens in a new tab) Since the early days of tubes and cubes, although both are still part of the astronauts’ roster. In addition to dried (or freeze-dried) appetizers, selections with heat are also available, similar to ready-to-eat military meals (MREs). Periodic resupply missions can also bring in a limited amount of fresh foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and snacks.
“They have to be able to send things that have a lot of flavor and things that just ooze the palate, because if you think about staying on a space station for a long time, you need some kind of stimulation, even things that you talk about with your mates, like, ‘Ketchup’ Its really exciting, the intricacies of flavor,” Murphy said.
During the “Taste of Space: Celebrity Chef Edition” event, Murphy with DiSpirito (“Restaurant Divided”, “Tournament of Champions”) and Goldman (“Ace of Cakes” and “Kids Baking Championship”) will explain their cooking techniques as guests mingle Among the cutting-edge space exploration innovations and designs on display at Gateway: The Deep Space Complex (Opens in a new tab).
Throughout the evening, sampling chefs will be offered to attendees, followed by the unveiling of an “out of this world” cake designed by Goldman. (Opens in a new tab). Among the bites and the chefs who help them, former Space Shuttle astronauts Bruce Melnick, Scott Altman and Sandra Magnus will appear for photos.
“When you think about it, food is such an important part of our lives,” Magnus wrote while aboard the International Space Station in 2009, when she made headlines for her “cooking in space” experiments.
“The food variety is very good,” she wrote, “and you can increase the variety by mixing and matching things and, in my case, doing some ‘cooking’ space.”
For “Taste in Space: Celebrity Chef Edition,” Murphy plans to feature recipes that guests can prepare in their earthly homes.
“When it comes to demonstrating to the public like this, I’m very cognizant of trying to do things that people will come home to and be able to replicate, because my goal as a chef is not only to cook for people, but also perhaps to teach them something they’re actually going to do.” “My grandmother’s ratatouille recipe is my favorite thing, so I’m going to make this one because it’s something I think excites the palate and has a nice story behind it for me personally.”
“Taste of Space: Celebrity Chef Edition” tickets (Opens in a new tab) $175 per person and includes two alcoholic beverage tickets, photo opportunities with the astronauts, a collectible event lapel pin, and a commemorative piece signed by the chefs and astronauts. The event is part of “Taste of Space: Fall Bites! (Opens in a new tab)The compound’s annual food festival, currently underway.
A premium experience that included chef-created dinners and signing opportunities with both astronauts and chefs was offered for $499 per person but at the time of writing it’s already sold out.
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