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Taste of Space: Celebrity Chef Edition

Nov 03, 2023 06:00 PM Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex®

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex invites you to the return of a star-studded culinary experience! Taste of Space: Celebrity Chef Edition comes to Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex on Friday, November 3, 2023. This year, we welcome chef Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes, Kids Baking Championship), chef Esther Choi (Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped), and chef Jon Ashton (The Today Show, The Tonight Show) who will be cooking up something special. Plus, the event will be hosted by Chef Ashton and even veteran NASA astronauts will be mingling throughout the event. 

There are two amazing ways to experience this culinary event:

Live Celebrity Chef
Demonstrations and Tastings

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The Chef Demonstration and Tasting is a one-of-a-kind evening event featuring the celebrity chefs demonstrating their expert cooking techniques on stage and sharing custom menu samplings with the audience. Veteran NASA astronauts Anna Fisher, Bruce Melnick and Anthony "Tony" Antonelli will mingle and share their spaceflight stories while also participating in the cooking demonstrations.
To top off the evening, Chef Duff's Charm City Cakes will unveil a signature space-themed cake to be enjoyed by all.
Please note: There will be no formal seating for this event.

The live chef demonstration ticket includes:

  • Samplings from the chef demonstration menu
  • 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*



Exclusive VIP Chef Experience

Foodies and connoisseurs of fine dining won't want to miss this opportunity. Be one of the VIPs who will enjoy an elevated culinary experience featuring the celebrity chefs. In this small and exclusive group setting, enjoy a chef-created, multi-course dinner -- a menu designed for you by the chefs themselves. As this is an extremely exclusive event, you are a VIP that will receive personal visits to each table from the chefs and conversations with astronauts Fisher, Melnick and Altman.

This exclusive dining experience includes:

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

Nowhere 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.

Due to the nature of this event, we will not be able to accommodate dietary restrictions.

Tickets: $499 per person, plus tax


This ticketed experience is sold out.


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Taste of Space: Celebrity Chef Edition

Celebrity Host

Chef Jon Ashton