Tyra Banks’ Ice Cream Scientist Maya Warren Has Frozen Desserts Down Cold

When Tyra Banks decided to open her ice cream shop Smize in Santa Monica, she sought out an “aerated dessert consultant” to advise her. Luckily Dr. Maya Warren, an ice cream scientist, had just come off a stint advising Cold Stone Creamery’s international operations.

The “America’s Next Top Model” creator and entrepreneur had come up with the Smize concept, but Warren took on product development, refining flavors and helping create the signature Smize surprise that Banks asked for — a cookie-dough truffle at the bottom of each container. What exactly does an ice cream scientist do? “I can be an extension of her taste buds but on a technical

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