Chef José Andrés has just created a menu for Axiom-1 and is getting ready for their arrival that’s coming soon. The astronauts will be the first space travelers to go up with a private crew, and the menu leaves no question as to what they’ll be having once they get there – a mouthwatering feast from Spanish cuisine, courtesy of Chef José Andrés.
On April 3th, SpaceX is going to be launching 4 men in a Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station. This will be the first time a Crew Dragon has ever taken astronauts into space, and they’re doing it with Axiom Space.
Former astronaut and president of AXIOM, Michael López-Alegría will be joining our first spaceflight as commander, together with three businessmen from the U.S., Canada and England who wish to get a view from space.
Earlier this year, Spanish astronaut López-Alegría had the idea to bring some favorite foods from home with him to orbit so he and US & European astronauts could share them.
Chef José Andrés is sending a family meal of paella to space
Chef José Andrés asked Charisse Dickens to develop the menu and push the boundaries of food.
Dickens admitted it was challenging to meet the NASA food guidelines, but they were able to use high-pressure cooking methods to create a perfect chicken & mushroom paella recipe for space consumption.
Chef José Andrés stated that they chose the dish because it’s traditionally eaten as a shared family meal from a large pan.
The menu includes Secreto de Cerdo a la Pisto, Iberico pork in tomatoes, onions, eggplants and peppers; and Spanish Jamón, Salchichón and Almonds.
Andrés is often thought of as a humanitarian and is known for providing meals to areas in need, such as natural disaster zones. He also provided food for the war in Ukraine recently. Andrés is currently there with his nonprofit World Central Kitchen.
Aside from delicious, international Spanish dishes to be shared by the space station crew, the Dragon capsule will also bring science experiments – chosen and conducted by your private crew – while staying on the space station.
The mission is projected to last 10 days, ending with a Dragon splashdown off the coast of Florida.