Eric Lanlard – currently appearing on South African television – will make history next year by being the first chef to go into space. He admits that he is scared and excited at the same time but says that a trip to outer space is the opportunity of a lifetime.
Lanlard, says he signed up to travel into space with Virgin Galactic and is on a list of 30 people who’ll be undertaking five trips planned in 2014. Lanlard, who is twice winner of the prestigious Continental Pâtissier of the Year at the British Baking Awards and recognised for changing the face of British Patisserie, said that he asked Buzz Aldrin for advice.
“Don’t have breakfast,” was the iconic American astronaut’s reply.
He said he decided to sign up for the trip after meeting Sir Richard Branson at an event where too much good food and champagne were consumed.
Lanlard has been hugely busy during the past 12 months. A crowning highlight of his career was creating a special chocolate cake for the Diamond Jubilee last year which he presented to Queen Elizabeth for the palace high tea.
He has just published his latest book, Chocolat as well as filming a new 10-part TV series for BBC, Baking Mad. This is currently airing in South Africa on BBC Lifestyle on DStv.
Lanlard will join culinary forces at the Good Food & Wine Show this year with other celebrated names including Gordon Ramsay, Bill Granger and the Bliss twins, Isabella and Sofia from Junior MasterChef Australia.
Since moving to the UK 26 years ago, he has been widely acknowledged as the man who changed the face of British Patisserie, earning himself a reputation for inspirational cakes and an A-list clientele. Celebrities who have utilised his services include Madonna, the Beckham’s, Claudia Schiffer and Elizabeth Hurley.
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