See Students Create Astronaut Food in a Culinary Challenge

Judges include two Houston’s acclaimed Chef’s Christina Ha and Daniel Thomas




Event date: Wednesday, April 13 8:30-12:30 p.m. CT

8:30 a.m. – Media Check-in begins
9-11:30 a.m. – Student Cooking Competition
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Judging

Event location: Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058. Media will check in at Guest Services.

Media RSVP: To attend, email Meridyth Moore at

Event description: See students compete in a culinary challenge to create a meal for astronauts. Join us in The Food Lab at Space Center Houston for the 2022 HUNCH Culinary Challenge. The Astronaut Culinary Challenge develops food items for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Each year, a new theme is given to the schools where students create new dishes, while they also account for NASA food processing procedure and nutritional requirements.

The challenge is to ensure that their culinary creations will meet the standards of the NASA Johnson Space Center Food Lab.

Judges include Master Chef Season 3 winner and owner of The Blind Goat Chef Christine Ha, renowned celebrity Chef Daniel Thomas, the Chancellor of Sullivan University Glenn Sullivan, and President & CEO of Space Center Houston William T. Harris.

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and the American Culinary Federation will also be in attendance and take part in the judging.

Come see the action while students prepare their dishes onsite and face the judges at Space Center Houston.

Potential Interview: 

William T. Harris, Space Center Houston president and CEO (Spanish fluent)


The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space exploration learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1.25 million visitors annually, was named “Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today and generates a $118.7 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience the educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to

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