Later this year, DoubleTree by Hilton will make history when its cookies are baked aboard the International Space Station. According to the hotel chain, its chocolate chip cookies will become the first food baked fresh in outer space, inside a prototype oven designed to make long-duration space travel more hospitable.
DoubleTree by Hilton is partnering with Zero G Kitchen, which creates appliances for microgravity use in long-duration space flights, and NanoRacks, a leading provider of commercial access to space.
“Opening up the frontier of space means making it relatable to people’s everyday lives, and what could be more relatable than a freshly baked cookie?” says Ian Fichtenbaum, co-chef and co-founder, Zero G Kitchen. “When we first concepted the oven, we naturally thought of DoubleTree by Hilton and its signature Cookie. It is the perfect treat to bring a warm welcome to space.”
“Hilton has long been an industry innovator, and as we celebrate our 100th year, we’re excited to send our hospitality into orbit,” adds Shawn McAteer, senior vice president and global brand head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “The simple gesture of a warm cookie welcome is a favorite of DoubleTree guests around the world, and now we are sharing that moment of hospitality as part of this experiment aboard the International Space Station.”
The chain has launched a special Cookies in Space website where fans can learn more about the project and purchase special DoubleTree Cookies in Space tin of cookies.