The latest project for Heston Blumenthal, owner of The Fat Duck in Berkshire, is not just out of the box — it’s out of the stratosphere. The multi-Michelin-starred UK celebrity chef has created gourmet space food for Tim Peake, the first-ever British astronaut on the International Space Station, including a bacon sandwich, Christmas pudding, and cup of tea that functions in zero-gravity.
Astronaut Tim Peake, now on month two of a six-month mission on the International Space Station, challenged Blumenthal to create seven zero-gravity dishes that would remind him of the comforts of home. The entire experiment was turned into a 90-minute documentary called Heston’s Space Challenge that will be broadcasted on BBC channel 4 in spring 2016, according to The Guardian.
So how above Earth do you make a weightless cup of tea? Previously, astronauts would add hot water to a sealed pouch. To tackle the problem of being unable to remove the teabag, Blumenthal’s created a system that discards the teabag into a separate pouch.
"When Tim set me my mission, I felt a surge of pride to be involved in such a historic moment for both astronomy and gastronomy," Blumenthal said in a promo for the documentary. "Tim and I have also worked closely together, creating dishes that will remind him of home even though he'll be 400km away in space. The very least I could do was make sure he had a cup of tea and a bacon sarnie [sandwich]."