WIRED magazine, February 2007, reports that Alain Ducasse has been sending his food into outer space. "In October the Russian cargo ship Progress left Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome, bound for the International Space Station with 13 Ducasse-created gourmet plates on board. These so-called special event meals included roasted quail in a Madiran wine sauce, smooth celeriac puree with nutmeg, and semolina cake with dried apricots."
Pro kitchen equipment vendor JB Prince now sells the Gastrovac for a mere $4,278. The vaccuum cooker is the darling of gastro-tinkering chefs that are proliferating as fast as foie gras foams. Says JB Prince, "Gastrovac creates a "sponge effect" - when the vacum is broken (when atmospheric pressure is restored), food absorbs the liquid around it, allowing new combinations of foods and flavors. A thermostat probe inside the pot precisely controls temperature (adjustable on the LCD screen). Programmable timer included. Stainless steel with methacrylate lid."
While poking around the Prince website, check out their line of Alinea-inspired serving utensils, such as the Squid or the Eye. In fact, we guarantee a good hour of gleeful window shopping for things like clear Fata Paper, which allows cooking in a see-through bag, magnetic truffle molds, and the like.