Culinary students from Phoebus High School in Hampton have proven their cooking really is out of this world!
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station feasted on a spicy Jamaican rice and beans with coconut milk entrée that was cooked up by these Hampton Roads future chefs.
The Phoebus team’s dish won the 2015 High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware, or HUNCH, Culinary Challenge. They had to compete against six other high school culinary teams last year during a visit to the Space Food Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The spicy concoction was “served” to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that launched in April.
“We wanted to thank the HUNCH team for being able to develop such a great recipe and get it on the space station,” says Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra in a video message to the students. “We just want to let you know that we really enjoy it and congratulations again.”
“Thank you. Tastes great,” says European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake.
Click below to watch the ISS astronauts enjoying the dish, and congratulations Phoebus High students!