Chef Emeril Lagasse had a long-distance audience today — the crew of the International Space Station.

The astronauts sampled Lagasse's version of space food — with dishes like "Mardi Gras Jumbulaya" and mashed potatoes with bacon.

"Excellent," was the review from American Jeff Williams. The food was flown up to the station by the space shuttle last month.

Five of Lagasse's recipes were adapted by NASA for use in space. In the space-to-ground hookup, Lagasse asked various food questions and said he'd keep working with NASA to improve space cuisine.

Williams responded that space station could use a good chef as a crew member.

Emeril gave his trademark reply: "That would be really kicking it up a couple of notches."