Heston Blumenthal, is known for avoiding the status quo and his latest project is no exception. The Michelin-starred chef created a ‘bacon butty’, that amongst other dishes from red Thai curry to apple crumble, travelled into space with astronaut Major Tom Peake during his 6-month mission aboard the International Space Station.
Blumenthal, who spoke to Radio Times, said that the greatest challenge of getting his humble bacon sanga into space was dealing with crumbly bread and preservation problems. The sandwich not only survived its trip into space but also got two astronaut thumbs up from Peake. “Yes, I’m proud of that, of bringing that very British taste to Tim as he goes around Earth hundreds of time a day. It was supposed to be a treat for late, but he had it the first day!”
The chef had a “lump in his throat” when watching Peake tuck into one of his dishes from 350km above earth, but despite two years of research and development and pathogen tests on sample cans, Blumenthal’s greatest fear was that of food poisoning. “There’s no hospital – if someone was really ill up there, what would happen?” he said.
As for cost of the dishes, Blumenthal admitted, “I heard the fuel alone was a couple of million pounds” just to send his culinary creations into space. So much for freeze-dried peas and carrots, space travel in 2016 is clearly all about that fine dining experience.