Lake Washington Institute of Technology Students Compete in National NASA Culinary Contest


Leslie ShattuckExecutive Director/Executive Communications Officer(425) 739-8236

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), Baking Arts students recently competed in the nationwide NASA/HUNCH challenge to develop new cuisine for astronauts to eat in space. This year, the theme was to create a hearty ethnic soup. The LWTech team was one of 33 schools/colleges from around the country who participated in the competition.

The students researched and developed a Creole Gumbo that met all engineering, scientific, physical, and nutritional requirements as outlined by NASA. During the process, the team learned the effects of astronaut’s bodies in space in microgravity, packaging and processing, and nutritional guidelines. The team created their Gumbo in front of a panel of judges that included local business and industry leaders, as well as a representative from NASA/HUNCH.

“What an achievement by the students to participate in this national competition. While the team didn’t make it to the top-ten, they received so much more success with the support they received from industry leaders, experts and award-winning chef’s that truly made this a priceless learning experience,” said LWTech’s Dean of Instruction, Dr. Mike Potter. “Professor Chef Janet Waters created the perfect event to give these students the confidence to begin their professional careers. This hands-on learning experience brings the college mission statement to life; preparing students for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities.”

To learn more about the Baking Arts program visit LWTech’s website. Registration is open now for fall quarter.

About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 11 applied bachelor's degrees, 41 associate degrees, and 83 professional certificates in 41 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.