St. Wendel / Perl / Houston (dpa) - venison ragout with bacon and cream sausage and a Saarland potato and Riesling cream soup beforehand - this menu will fly into space with astronaut Matthias Maurer (50) from Saarland at the end of 2021.

Chef Christian Heinsdorf from the Borg tavern in Perl (Merzig-Wadern district) prevailed over his competitors with this proposal in an online voting, as the Saarland Tourism Office announced on the Saarland radio on Saturday.

Around 5000 people would have voted.

"I am pleased that we were able to give Matthias Maurer's homeland more visibility with this competition," said Jan Wörner, Director General of the European Space Agency Esa.

The Saarland Economics Minister Anke Rehlinger (SPD) congratulated Heinsdorf.

"Competitions like this enrich, challenge and encourage restaurateurs," said Rehlinger.

In the final vote there was also a game ragout with quince and black pudding on apple-horseradish vegetables.

The astronaut Matthias Maurer, who comes from St. Wendel in Saarland, was not allowed to participate in the competition.

The European space agency Esa had previously said that he would “have to be surprised and only taste the menu on the ISS”.

Maurer's trip is to start in Cape Canaveral (USA).


Finalists of the competition

Application video by Christian Heinsdorf