In a one-off special Heston Blumenthal takes his cooking out of the kitchen and into space for Channel 4.
The show, Heston’s Space Food, will follow the real scientific adventures of Heston Blumenthal and his team, as they work closely with the UK Space Agency, ESA and NASA and attempt to revolutionise the previously limited world of space food, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the most scientific of ways.
British Astronaut Tim Peake’s six month mission at the International Space Station launched last week (15th December), when he rocketed off into Space. Before he left, he set one challenge, to Heston Blumenthal. The task was to shake up the menu and create seven dishes that would remind Tim of home, helping him combat the emotional impact of his journey. Heston takes Tim on a nostalgic journey of his childhood with every bite, provides much-needed comfort food and creates the quintessential cup of tea – the first to be sipped in Space. In the meantime, ensuring of course that the nutritional value is not lost, whilst introducing multi-sensory, gravity defying food.
At the centre of Heston’s Space Food will be Heston’s quest to push the boundaries of how we eat, delving into the biology of how our bodies react to being in space and how the physics and chemistry of eating can be changed within this environment. We follow Heston’s unfolding challenges, as he races against time and strict NASA food regulations to create foods that not only taste out of this world, but can be consumed in Space and most importantly at Zero G.
“When Tim set me my mission, I felt a surge of pride to be involved in such a historic moment for both astronomy and gastronomy. Imagine telling a young boy that when he grows up he will create food for astronauts to eat in Space – it’s a dream I couldn’t even envisage, let alone it coming true! Working with the team at the UK Space Agency, ESA and NASA has been a phenomenal experience. Tim and I have also worked closely together, creating dishes that will remind him of home even though he’ll be 400km away in Space. The very least I could do was make sure he had a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie”. – Heston Blumenthal
The 90 minute documentary will air in Spring 2016.