Why is this NASA Culinary Challenge so important to NASA?
Food Physiology: The crew performed saliva collections on Tuesday (4/14/2020). The Integrated Impact of Diet on Human Immune Response, the Gut Microbiota, and Nutritional Status During Adaptation to Spaceflight (Food Physiology) experiment is designed to characterize the key effects of an enhanced spaceflight diet on immune function, the gut microbiome, and nutritional status indicators. These factors are interlinked, but diet is the only one that can be easily and meaningfully altered on Earth or during flight. This investigation aims to document the effect of dietary improvements on human physiology and the ability of those improvements to enhance adaptation to spaceflight.
Click here to see astronaut review of 1st year Culinary winners
Quote from Increment 61 astronauts on Phoebus HS (2019 Winner):
To the winning HUNCH team, Spice 2 Space 2.0:
Daysi, Amarianna, Mya, Travis, Iyana, Wesleigh, and Tierra,
Quote from Expedition 59 astronauts on 2018 Culinary Winner:
The American Culinary Federation info
The winners from the 2019-2020 year's culinary challenge were chosen based on their papers and their videos. The winners were: