Maya Warren has one of the coolest jobs on the planet: She’s a food scientist who specializes in ice cream. She uses her knowledge of nutrition, technology, chemistry, and physics to create fabulous frozen treats. “I’m in love with ice cream!” says Warren. “Honestly, I get so excited every time I talk about it, because there’s just so much science that goes into ice cream.”
Warren is the head of research and development for the ice cream company SMiZE Cream and has previously supervised research at Cold Stone Creamery. At SMiZE, she works on formulating ice cream recipes, concocting new ice cream flavors, and finding ways to improve existing ones.
Warren also teaches others about the science in every scoop on her Instagram Live series called Ice Cream Sundays with Dr. Maya. She started the online series during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic after noticing that many people were making bread at home and talking about it on social media. Making ice cream should be a trend too, she thought. Warren spoke recently with Science World about the sweet life of an ice cream scientist.