Food, the final frontier: UK-Jewish chef sends English cuisine into space

Heston Blumenthal spent two years preparing the dishes for the English astronaut Tim Peake.

April 1, 2016 14:32
1 minute read.
Heston Blumenthal

Chef Heston Blumenthal. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


In a culinary first, a Jewish-British celebrity chef created English dishes, including a bacon sandwich, for consumption in space.

Heston Blumenthal spent two years preparing the dishes for the English astronaut Tim Peake, who ate the bacon one on his very first day in space in December, Channel 4 revealed in “Dinner in Space” — a special program about Heston’s endeavor which aired last week.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The program was about the two-year effort by Blumenthal – a chef with three Michelin stars — to prepare, in partnership with the European Space Agency, gourmet meals compliant with the strict safety requirements for space food.

In space, astronauts eat freeze-dried, vacuum-packed meals concocted by scientists — and commercial brands of biscuits and chocolates for desert. They cannot cook in space. However, in recent years, gourmet chefs, including Alain Ducasse of France, have prepared more appetizing meals to be taken on space missions.

Yet as far as is known, Peake, who took Heston’s dishes with him when he was launched in December for a six-month stay at the International Space Station, will be the first astronaut to have eaten in space such English dishes as sausage sizzle, red curry and apple crumble. Peak, who in January became the first British astronaut to perform a space walk, also took some Key lime pie with him.

Heston had to package the dishes in tins, partly for safety reasons to avoid contamination but also for “texture and the taste, there was just no other way to do a bacon sandwich,” Heston said in a recent interview to Radio Times.

He added: “We need to think of food for astronauts as more than fuel, we have to understand it’s a mood-changer.”


Heston tested his own dishes in zero gravity conditions to fine tune their consistency and flavor ahead of their launch into orbit. “Without gravity the way the fluids in your body behave changes and it can put pressure on your sinuses,” he said in the radio interview. “This, in turn, affects your sense of smell and taste. That’s why astronauts like spicy foods and I made sure there was a curry in Tim’s selection.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Shabbat candles
October 19, 2018
Shabbat candle-lighting times for Israel and U.S.