Ice cream scientist Maya Warren explains the science behind the tasty frozen treat
Did you know ice cream is a solid, a liquid AND a gas?
Maya Warren might just have the coolest job in the world.
She is an ice cream scientist. Yep, that's a real job.
Warren has a PhD in food science, and specializes in the microstructure, and sensorial and behavioural properties of frozen aerated desserts.
"Ice cream is literally my life," she says in Chef Secrets: The Science of Cooking, a documentary from The Nature of Things.
"When we eat [ice cream], we just think about how good it makes us feel … but the science that goes into it is so complex because it's actually a solid, a liquid and a gas," she explains in the video clip above.
These days, Warren is using her ice cream expertise to develop new flavours for Tyra Banks's ice cream company, SMiZE Cream. During early COVID-19 lockdowns, Warren's "Ice Cream Sundays" on Instagram encouraged people to spend their time at home making ice cream.
In Chef Secrets, Warren joins other chefs and culinary experts to share how an understanding of the science behind food can help make you a better cook.