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2022 Taste of Space Celebrity Chef Event

Nov 04, 2022 06:00 PM - Nov 04, 2022 10:30 PM Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex®

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex invites you to a star-studded culinary experience! Taste of Space: Celebrity Edition features acclaimed chefs Rocco DiSpirito (Tournament of Champions, Guy's Grocery Games), Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes, Kids Baking Championship) and Marc Murphy (Chopped, Chopped Junior) who will be cooking up something special on the evening of Friday, November 4, 2022, inside Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex.


Live Celebrity Chef
Demonstration and Tastings


6:00 - 8:30 PM (Tickets are limited. Get yours now - before they're gone!)


The Chef Demonstration and Tasting is a one-of-kind evening event that features celebrity chefs Rocco DiSpirito, Duff Goldman, and Marc Murphy as they demonstrate their expert cooking techniques on stage and sharing custom menu samplings with the audience. Veteran NASA astronauts Bruce Melnick,  Scott Altman, and Sandra Magnus will also be in attendance to mingle and share their stories of eating in space, such as some of their favorite foods from their space flights. Finally, you can't miss an out-of-this-world cake designed by master baker Goldman coming from his bakery, Charm City Cake Shop.

The live chef demonstration includes:

  • Samplings from the chef demonstration menu and other passed dishes
  • Two (2) alcoholic drink tickets
  • Cash bar
  • Astronaut photo opportunities
  • Signed commemorative piece by the chefs and astronauts
  • Custom event pin


Tickets: $175 per person, plus tax*

* A $40 discount for annual passholders





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Exclusive VIP Chef Experience



Foodies and connoisseurs of fine dining this event is a don't-miss opportunity. Be one of the limited VIPs who will enjoy an elevated culinary experience featuring these celebrity chefs. Guests will enjoy an evening with chef-created, multi-course dinner, including cocktail pairings, and the two-hour meal features a menu designed for you by the chefs themselves. As this limited participation event, you are a VIP enjoying personal visits to each table from the chefs and interacting with astronauts Melnick, Altman, and Magnus. You will end your night with a treat sweeter than most desserts: you will meet, mingle, and take photos with the chefs and astronauts.

This exclusive dining experience includes:

  • The Chef Demonstration Event at 6:00 PM and inclusions (see above) PLUS
  • A small-group, 2-hour plated meal created by the chefs
  • All-inclusive cocktail pairings
  • Photo and autograph opportunities with the chefs and astronauts


No where else on the planet can you participate in the culinary experience quite like this. The private dining location will be on the second floor of Gateway inside the flight terminal of Spaceport KSC.


Tickets: $499 per person, plus tax*





To learn more about Chefs Rocco DiSpirito, Duff Goldman, and Marc Murphy, head over to the Payload Blog for their impressive resumes.


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2022 Taste of Space Celebrity Chef Event

Celebrity Chefs

Chef Duff Goldman

Chef Marc Murphy

Chef Rocco DiSpirito

Celebrity Host

Event Host: Jon Ashton

Jon Ashton began his culinary career in several notable English restaurants, including the Derby Lodge Hotel and the Kirkfield Hotel in Newton Le-Willows. He has appeared frequently on The Today Show and The Tonight Show. Many of America's most trusted brands have put their products in Jon's hands; Disney Cruise Lines, Waring, Geico, and Conde Nast to name just a few.

Jon can be seen on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox affiliates across the nation as he travels on media tours and conductions presentations. Jon is the chef for parade.com anchoring their lifestyle vertical at The Arena Group.