Admittedly this was by far the most unusual request we had ever received at MK Mentor. A delivery of food to a place that wasn’t exactly just around the corner. The task was to develop and produce a bonus dinner that would make astronauts in a space station 400 kilometres above the earth feel good. And as you probably already suspect, this was anything but a piece of cake. But according to the crew we did a really good job.
Packaging is subjected to enormous stresses when a rocket is launched. It has to survive all these stresses undamaged and must not oxidise, implode or even explode. And this of course also applies to the finest culinary creations of highly acclaimed chefs.
Dinner is served!
Food for astronauts needs to meet the world’s most stringent ESA, NASA, USDA and FDA requirements. And all this without the addition of preservatives while preserving nutrients, vitamins, appearance, colour and firmness for at least two years. Unchilled, of course. And at the same time it needs to taste as good as in a top restaurant.
Each food parcel is packaged exactly to the last gram, because every kilo sent to the ISS costs no less than 22,000 euros! For the same money, for example, you could completely equip your own little space cadet until he or she starts school.
Under the direction of MK Mentor, the food packages were developed and produced by a team of experts consisting of top chefs, chemists, physicians, physicists, biologists, food engineers, nutritionists, veterinarians and many more.
Precision touchdown. The finished space food arrived at the Spaceport in Houston only six months after the initial briefing. A unique achievement by a well-coordinated team with more than ten years of experience.
COOKING FOR VIPS IS A TRICKY BUSINESS. FOR ASTRONAUTS, IN COLLABORATION WITH AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM OF EXPERTS, IT’S A REAL SCIENCE – AND AN INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE.
Sabrina Kübler, Head of Administration & Operations