Sunday 21 January 2018

Chef boldly goes . . . with Michelin dining in space

Allan Hall in Berlin

A Michelin three-star chef has been appointed to take fine dining to outer space for the astronauts manning the International Space Station.

Harald Wohlfahrt has replaced the usual freeze-dried tubes of nourishment, described as tasting like "cat food", with delicacies such as braised veal cheeks with wild mushrooms, white bean purees, Swabian potato soup and plum compote.

Recognised as one of the greatest chefs in Europe -- his Black Forest restaurant attracts celebrities from all over the world -- the space station has taken delivery of his first culinary offerings.

Mr Wohlfahrt had to take into account many factors when drawing up menus. Salt accelerates bone loss, while extra Vitamin D is needed due to lack of sunlight. A human's sense of taste is altered in space so the food gets more seasonings than it would in his kitchen.

The sauces the German chef serves up at the Schwarzwaldstube in Hotel Traube Tonbach are also strictly off the menu.

"In a weightless environment there were too many risks of a spillage where the sauce could have got into the electrical equipment with disastrous consequences," he said.

Although packed in tins, the food fooled critics in a blind tasting who thought it came straight from Mr Wohlfahrt's restaurant. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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