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Develops artificial and natural flavors for food and creates new flavour combinations by mixing and matching specific chemicals.

 


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A Flavorist is a research scientist who develops artificial and natural flavors for food. Flavourists work in laboratories to find and identify unique flavor combinations.

The laboratories are typically equipped with standard kitchen equipment such as microwaves, stoves, blenders, and even complete kitchens.

The job of a Flavorist is to combine different chemicals with everyday food, so it is important that a Flavorist knows how to create specific and desired reactions. The resulting products must taste good, and also be safe for human consumption. This knowledge can only be gained through a combination of academic research work and an intimate knowledge of food.

Flavorists are largely associated with the food industry, but they are not limited to this area. Companies that manufacture cosmetics, hair care products, skin creams and other products hire flavorists to make sure that their products have a pleasant smell.

Flavorists may also work on changing the taste of pharmaceutical products, such as medicines that have bitter tastes.

Companies that produce household products, such as detergents, or floor and window cleaning products, also employ flavour chemists to create and include such flavors as lemon, lavender or beeswax.

The larger production companies may employ their own Flavourist or Chemist in-house, but there are also several  'flavour houses' worldwide that provide consultancy services for small producers seeking specific flavours for thier products.

 


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Flavourists need to have a curious nature and a general understanding of food and food composition and enjoy the cooking process. 

Flavorists need an excellent sense of smell and taste - these two senses are used on a regular basis within their work.


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A Flavorist or Food Chemist typically has an undergraduate B.Sc. in chemistry or biology, and may go on to a food-specific area of research (e.g. Food Science) at post-graduate level.

A PhD may be required by some employers in order to obtain a job as a Flavorist.

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