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Will Your Culinary Career Help You Become the First Chef in Space?

Some people watch Star Wars and think of space travel, light saber fights and some pretty outrageous alien species. It's no wonder so many dream of becoming swashbuckling Jedi warriors rescuing cute movie star princesses. Not me. All I can think about is becoming the first chef in space. I can't help it; my culinary education reigns above all.

Can you imagine the culinary arts programs of the future if George Lucas's vision came true? One thing you can be sure of - the whole concept of culinary training will be quite different. You may find yourself taking a culinary class called "What do Gungans eat?" or "Recipes that will please a Sith lord� or else." International culinary schools will be replaced by interplanetary culinary schools, and a culinary arts job description might include things like "must be able to prepare omelets using Mxlplyx eggs.

The Space Food of Today

Of course, we are already out in space. Astronauts head out of the Earth's gravitational pull fairly frequently these days, staying for long periods. One of the first non-rocket-science items that had to be mastered when scientists were planning the first space flights was what to feed the space cadets. Space food became a whole new branch of research.

The food sent with the astronauts has to be nourishing, yet light and easy to store. It has to be packaged in a way that makes it easy to eat in a weightless environment. It also has to be safe. Packages that burst open or spill easily might leave our orbiting heroes with egg on their faces literally. It also has to be easy to swallow. It's so hard to do the Heimlich maneuver when you're hanging upside down and wearing a space suit.

These are all things you have to keep in mind if you decide to open a diner on the space station, or a coffee bar on a passing asteroid. Think about it.