Gelato Tester

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EV­ERY day as part of her role as a prod­uct de­vel­op­ment man­ager Filiz Kaya taste tests the lat­est flavours in the al­ways-chang­ing Ge­latis­simo range. The 41-year-old mother-of-two from Sydney’s west is re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing the brand’s new flavour sen­sa­tions. She says: The best part of my job is hav­ing the free­dom to come up with ideas and later see­ing peo­ple eat­ing the gelato, it’s re­ally sat­is­fy­ing. Peo­ple are al­ways ask­ing me how I got such a great job. Even my chil­dren’s friends tell them, ‘You have the coolest mum!’ There’s lots of tast­ing in­volved, prob­a­bly on a daily ba­sis. There is no typ­i­cal day for me, it changes a lot and could in­volve ex­per­i­ment­ing in a lab to go­ing to food shows to see what’s new in the world of sweets. I get a kick out of mak­ing weird com­bi­na­tions of flavours work well to­gether. One of my more un­usual ones would be the lim­ited re­lease Co­conut Ash. It com­bined co­conut wa­ter and ac­ti­vated char­coal with raw co­coa beans and was an ash black colour.

Ge­latis­simo has a core range of more than 50 flavours and there are flavours of the month and pro­mo­tions, so I’m al­ways cre­at­ing new ones. I can never re­ally switch off, I’m al­ways look­ing for new ideas. I feel re­ally for­tu­nate be­cause I’m a foodie at heart, so I have been able to com­bine my pas­sion for food with my job. I don’t think many peo­ple can say that.”

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