NEW YORK, For Immediate Release – It will be rocket science for Chef Emeril Lagasse when his recipes are served to the astronauts on the International Space Station on August 10, 2006. Lagasse is the first celebrity chef to have meals developed for NASA astronauts and the first person to have those recipes served in space. On August 10, from approximately 1:30pm to 1:50pm ET/PT, Emeril will speak live via satellite with the astronauts while they feast on the fruit of his culinary labors.
“This is a tremendous honor,” Lagasse said: “It is rare to have this kind of opportunity and obviously we hope that our meals make a difference in the quality of life for our men in space.” He added: “This gives the term kicking it up a notch a whole new meaning.”
Over 18 months ago, discussions began with NASA to launch Emeril’s food into space. Working with the NASA Space Food Lab, Emeril’s Homebase staff and the Emeril Live staff, Emeril chose five recipes that were tested and prepared for delivery to the International Space Station. The crew will enjoy Emeril’s Mardi Gras Jambalaya, Kicked up Mashed Potatoes with Bacon, Green Beans with Garlic, Rice Pudding, and Mixed Fruit.
In addition to Emeril’s satellite chat with the astronauts, a special episode of Emeril Live will be produced that documents the process of how Emeril’s food was tested, freeze dried, packed and launched into space. Interviews with astronauts who have been in space help explain the importance of food and flavor in terms of morale and their overall sense of well-being.
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