Cold Stone Creamery Parent Company Kahala Brands Names New Global Tastemaster

Amazing Race Winner Maya Warren to Become Lead Food Scientist for Kahala Brands

Jan 07, 2016, 05:00 ET from Kahala Brands

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Kahala Brands™ (, a global leader in the QSR industry, announced today that Dr. Maya Warren will join the team as Tastemaster and food scientist for portfolio brands Cold Stone Creamery® and Pinkberry®.

"Maya will be a great addition to the team," said Michael Serruya, chairman and chief executive officer of Kahala Brands. "As our lead food scientist, whom we affectionately call our 'Tastemaster', she will work with our Research & Development team to create new flavors and innovative products unique to each concept. Maya, who received a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Food Science, has vast knowledge of frozen aerated products, so we are really excited to have her on board."    

In her role with Kahala Brands, expect to see Warren in the spotlight promoting new flavors, as well as mainstay customer favorites. "I love talking to people about ice cream and frozen yogurt – their eyes light up! And I love the science behind the microstructure and what makes it taste so good, especially Cold Stone Creamery ice cream and Pinkberry frozen yogurt," said Warren. "We will make a great team when it comes to promoting frozen treats and continuing the tradition of putting out amazing product lines and profiles that appeal to our guests worldwide."

In addition to her love of ice cream, Maya also loves adventure! Most recently, Warren was in the news for her participation on the popular television show, THE AMAZING RACE, in which Warren and her friend and show partner, Amy DeJong, traveled the world competing with other contestants. In the end, Warren and DeJong won the entire competition, beating out 10 other teams.

About Kahala Brands™
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Kahala Brands is one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world with a portfolio of 18 quick-service restaurant brands with approximately 3000 locations in over 34 countries including Cold Stone Creamery®, Blimpie®, TacoTime®, Pinkberry®, Samurai Sam's Teriyaki Grill®, Maui Wowi®, NrGize Lifestyle Cafe, Surf City Squeeze®, Planet Smoothie®, tasti D-lite™, Johnnie's New York Pizzeria™, Cereality®, Kahala Coffee Traders® , Frullati Cafe & Bakery™, Rollerz™, Ranch One®, America's Taco Shop® and The Great Steak & Potato Company™.

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