Calling all culinary schools!
Worldchefs has partnered with NASA HUNCH on the Astronaut Culinary Challenge, a competition in which culinary students compete to create a dish that will be sent to space for Astronauts to eat on the International Space Station!
Each year, the Astronaut Culinary Challenge announces a new theme to the schools where the students create new recipes taking into account food processing procedures and nutritional requirements so that their items will meet the standards of the NASA Johnson Space Center Food Lab. The theme for the 2023-2024 challenge is: Savory Breakfast Item that includes a Vegetable.
Teams who succeed in the preliminary competition will be invited to Johnson Space Center for a final competition where their work will be judged by Food Lab personnel, industry professionals, ISS program office, and astronauts for quality, taste, their work on the research paper, and presentation video. The winning entree will be processed by the Johnson Space Center Food Lab and sent up to the station for the astronauts to enjoy.
The timeline for the 2023-2024 competition is as follows:
- December 1st, 2023 – Deadline to submit the initial paper and 2 recipes that meet nutritional guidelines
- First week of March, 2024 – Selected teams will compete in the preliminary competition
- April 17th, 2024 – 10 teams will compete in the final competition in Houston, Texas, USA
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the SOW and send it to your point of contact, Allison Westover at [email protected].
For more information on the guidelines for the competition, you can visit the official website.
Best of luck to all competitors!
About NASA HUNCH
The HUNCH mission is to empower and inspire students through a Project Based Learning program where high school students learn 21st century skills and have the opportunity to launch their careers through the participation in the design and fabrication of real world valued products for NASA.
Learn more here.