Burnet High School culinary students sending chicken to space

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BURNET, Texas (KXAN) — The Burnet High School Culinary Arts students recently took on a mission quite literally out of this world.

Five culinary arts students were named this years NASA’s HUNCH Program Culinary Champions.

Each year, 33 different schools across the country participate in NASA’s HUNCH program. The students must take into account the nutritional requirements and make a dish manageable in a microgravity environment.

Only one winner is named.

“It’s crazy to think we even made it this far, because top 10 was a surprise, so number one was even bigger,” said Jacey Huston.

SPACE DAWG team members Jacey Huston, Will Rundzieher, Nicholai Rowland, Matthew Thrane and Bridget Bristow (KXAN)
SPACE DAWG team members Jacey Huston, Will Rundzieher, Nicholai Rowland, Matthew Thrane and Bridget Bristow (KXAN)

The SPACE DAWG team members spent the year researching how to send food to space, talking to chefs, food scientists, past astronauts and watching endless YouTube videos about space food.

“First semester was about how to process food to go into space. After that we started working on recipes, and this is kind of what ended up being the winner,” said Huston.

Burnet High School’s Culinary team of five won full-ride scholarship opportunities, and their winning “Creamy Chicken Francaise” will be sent up into space for astronauts to enjoy at the International Space Station.

“They had to learn a lot of things about anatomy and gravity and how you take things into space,” said Mike Erickson, Burnet High School culinary teacher.

The scholarship opportunity totals $300,000 to Sullivan University in Kentucky, one of the top culinary programs in the country. 

The students can choose from four degree paths including Baking and Pastry, Event Management, Hospitality Management or Culinary Arts.

A NASA HUNCH project manager said the recipe will likely be processed and sent to the International Space Station in the next six to nine months.

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