Astronaut Culinary Challenge

WT Students Enter the NASA Hunch Culinary Challenge
Posted on 02/11/2019
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Warren Tech culinary students, Adam Scott, Rachel Strotz, Sara Straut and Tatiana Murphy have been working hard preparing a vegetable side dish, "Asian Zucchini Noodles" for the Astronaut Culinary Challenge. This will be the fourth year Warren Tech has participated, placing in the top ten each of these years and missed placing first in 2017 by only one point. The Astronaut Culinary Challenge develops food items for the Astronauts aboard the International Space Station from a general theme idea. Each year there is a new theme given out to the schools where the students create new dishes taking into account food processing procedure and nutritional requirements so that their items will meet the standards of the NASA Johnson Space Center Food Lab. The NASA Hunch program began as a way to bring in a wider range of students and show how research into space isn’t limited to only STEM fields. It is also a great way to educate students in researching and presenting their work in a professional environment.

After preliminary culinary competitions, those with the highest scores from across the country are 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. For more information, visit the NASA Hunch Website

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