Wednesday, September 1, 2010



TONIGHT, ON BRAVO! As I understand it, some tiny little show that has been airing for a mere 7 seasons won an obscure statue called an "Emmy" this past Sunday... but I've never watched it, so I won't presume to vouch for quality. All I can say is, they are now officially on the map of the cosmos because Top Chef will feature NASA in their latest episode:

The episode features astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson and TJ Creamer (@Astro_TJ) as well as NASA's own Top Chef, Vickie Kloeris. This "Julia Childs of Johnson Space Center" is an amazing lady who has been inventing micro-gravity meals since 1985. She currently holds the position of Manager of the Space Food Systems Laboratory, where she has developed 60 of the current 180 items that fly on the Space Shuttle and the ISS.

I will be very interested in the winning dish, because it's no small feat to design foods for space travel.

Any food item intended for micro-gravity must be nutritious, aromatic but stink-free, able to withstand freeze-drying and/or thermo-stabilization, and above all – still appetizing upon re-constitution after any packing and storing processes. It also cannot be messy, cannot be crumbly, and cannot cause nausea or allergic reactions. Quite a trick!

BRAVO Schedule shows: Top Chef Gastro-Nauts will air this evening at 10:00pm and 11:00pm, and again at 11:00am on Sunday, September 5th (all times Eastern).