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Taste of Space | Meet the Celebrity Chefs

This November 4, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex welcomes three celebrity chefs to America's multi-user spaceport:


Rocco DiSpirito
(Tournament of Champions, Guy's Grocery Games)

Duff Goldman
(Ace of Cakes, Kids Baking Championship)

Marc Murphy
(Chopped, Chopped Junior)


During an exclusive evening event, Taste of Space: Celebrity Chef Edition, you are invited to join us for a cooking demonstration inside Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex, our newest attraction. There, mix and mingle with veteran NASA astronauts Bruce Melnick, Scott Altman, and Sandra Magnus while enjoying cooking demonstrations from these chefs and sampling custom menu items with paired beverages. Plus, foodies and space enthusiasts can also purchase a very exclusive and limited participation meal experience prepared by the celebrity chefs themselves.

We are willing to bet you already know these chefs, but just in case, we've highlighted their impressive resumes ahead of the event:


About the Chefs


Chef Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito is a James Beard award-winning, pioneering Food Network chef and number one New York Times best-selling author who is known for his unique approach to flavor as well as his dedication to proving that healthy and delicious are not mutually exclusive. Most recently, DiSpirito appeared as both judge and competitor on Food Network's Tournament of Champions, Guy's Grocery Games, Guy's Ranch Kitchen and his own Restaurant Divided. Among his many other accomplishments, the Queens, NY native has written 13 books, which have been translated into multiple languages and sold all over the world.



Duff Goldman is a chef and artist known for his dazzling, creative approach to food and his awesome stories describing the simple science of baking. On the hit Food Network show Ace of Cakes, Duff welcomed viewers into his innovative cake shop Charm City Cakes at which his team of pastry chefs and artists created spectacular custom cakes. You can watch Duff mentor the next generation of bakers on Food Network's Kids Baking Championship. Duff believes we can discover our inner creativity and celebrate with each other through the fun of baking.

Chef Duff Goldman



Chef Marc Murphy

Marc Murphy is a chef and restauranteur who has been cooking for more than 30 years. Son of a globetrotting diplomat, he started in some of the most highly esteemed venues in the world, from Paris to Monte Carlo, and today is one of New York's most celebrated chefs. He is a judge on Food Network's top-rated shows Chopped and Chopped Junior and has appeared on Guy's Grocery Games, Guy's Ranch Kitchen, Beat Bobby Flay, and several national news and talk shows. Currently, Murphy is involved with several organizations beyond the kitchen and television, including City Harvest, New York's largest food rescue organization, Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, and the Culinary Diplomacy Project. Murphy is the author of the top-selling Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking and is the host of the Food 360 podcast on iHeartRadio.


Learn more about the two ticket options for Taste of Space: Celebrity Chef Edition on our Events Calendar. Nowhere else in this universe can you experience such a unique, star-studded culinary event.





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