Steve B. Howell is currently the Head of Space Science and Astrobiology for the NASA Ames Research Center. He previously was the project scientist for NASA’s premier exoplanet finding missions: Kepler and K2. Howell received his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Amsterdam and has worked in many aspects of astronomy including pioneering the use of charge-coupled devices in astronomy, building new technology instruments for ground and space-based telescopes, and university research, education, and public outreach programs. Howell has written over 800 scientific publications, numerous popular and technical articles, and has authored and edited eight books on astronomy and astronomical instrumentation. Combining the latest scientific discoveries about exoplanets, fundamental physics principles, and modern food chemistry has led Howell, and collaborator former white house chef Bill Yosses, to develop a series of educational and highly entertaining scientific and public outreach presentations on the physics of food including their use at the Harvard cooking school. Howell has edited and written two science fiction books related to exoplanet science. He is highly involved with informal and formal scientific education for kids to adults.