The Great British Space Dinner Competition

Heston Blumenthal and Tim Peake KG5BVI

Heston Blumenthal and Tim Peake KG5BVI

The UK Space Agency has launched a competition for school children between the ages of 7 and 14 to design a British-inspired, balanced and exciting meal for UK ESA astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI to eat during his 6 month mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Major Tim Peake KG5BVI

Major Tim Peake KG5BVI

The winning contestants will be invited to develop their ideas further with celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, and these ideas will be turned into real space food that will be launched to the ISS. They will also be invited to an event that will include a live link up with Tim during his stay on the ISS.

Heston syas “I’m unbelievably excited to be designing a delicious meal for Tim to enjoy in space; there are some real challenges ahead, things aren’t quite the same up there! I’m really looking forward to seeing some incredible suggestions by the kids, and getting started on creating something that Tim will love up there in space.”

The challenge is open to classes, other groups (such as after-school clubs, Scouts, Guides, etc) and individuals. There are two categories, one for primary level children and one for secondary level children, with one winner in each category.

Children will need to design a British-inspired meal for Tim to eat in space, taking account of normal nutritional principles as well as the constraints of space (such as handling, packaging and preservation).

Watch this UK Space Agency video of Heston Blumenthal and Tim Peake KG5BVI

Rules and entry form available at

Tim Peake recently passed the amateur radio exam and now has the ham radio call sign KG5BVI

Heston Blumenthal met another radio amateur David Akerman M0RPI when he launched a spud into space, see