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Chef Showcase: Get to Know Chef Gidget

Taste of Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex brings new seasonal bites throughout the visitor complex, and we want to introduce the Chefs behind the seasonal flavors. This week, meet Executive Chef Gidget. She oversees all culinary aspects of the daily operations including concessions, banquets and special events at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Her culinary story begins as a kid, where she said her mother was constantly in the kitchen creating delicious concoctions for the family. Feelings of joy and happiness were always present when her family gathered to eat dinner together and Chef Gidget carried those moments with her as she began a culinary journey.

In 1989, Gidget attended the Baltimore International Culinary Arts Institute earning a Culinary A.A., while also working as a chef for the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore. From there, Gidget went on to work with Hyatt for in various locations such as the Hyatt Regency Hilton Head in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, the Hyatt Islandia in San Diego and the Hyatt Regency Cambridge in Boston. She worked her way to the top and became an Executive Sous Chef in 1994. In 1999, Gidget was promoted to Executive Chef and the Director of Food and Beverage at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Georgia.

Gidget stayed in Savannah for five years until a new opportunity arose in Kennedy Space Center, Florida. In 2004, she became the Executive Chef at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex employed by Delaware North, who manages the visitor complex on behalf of NASA. She has been with us ever since, constantly working with her team to craft new offerings for all our guests. To date, Executive Chef Gidget Wickham has earned the distinctions of a Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation and Pro Chef II by the Culinary Institute of America.

Throughout her time at the visitor complex, Chef Gidget's goal has been the same: to make special experiences for each guest through the creation and preparation of food – whether a flatbread pizza for one or a private plated dinner for 500 people.

Four plates of food sitting on a wooden tray

This year's Taste of Space: Fall Bites! takes place from October 8 to November 5, 2021. Come treat your taste buds to fun new seasonal flavors at Orbit Cafe and Moon Rock Cafe. These chef-inspired meals can also be enjoyed with a local brew (sold separately) from the Space Coast.

While tickets are available, guests can also join us for a special ticketed event, Taste of Space: A Culinary Journey on November 5, 2021.

Learn about the visitor complex's Sous Chef, Israel "Izzy" Arroyo!

Chef Israel Arroyo (left), Chef Gidget Wickham (right)

About Delaware North

The visitor complex is operated by Delaware North which manages hotels, resorts, cultural attractions and parks to make countless memories for millions of guests each year. Delaware North's world-class food service management is praised by our guests for excellence and innovation. As a leader in food service management, Delaware North is the official caterer for the visitor complex. Choose from a variety of menu options for each unique venue.