I believe that the skills of a creative flavorist can be taught. We do it at Craftmaster. I know it is done elsewhere. How does one learn to develop flavors? There are two ways: inspiration and technique. Let’s just talk about technique. We’ll look at what a flavor compound is. We’ll define “flavor development,” and we’ll look at the “categorizing technique” for flavor development.
Flavor Development Vocabulary and Categories
Vocabulary: A flavor compound is composed basicafly of two parts: a flavor portion and a diluent portion. The function of the flavor portion is:
To characterize tbe desired flavor by simulating it and giving it a name.
To maintain the character (character fixation).
To enhance the flavor impression and its acceptability (palatability).
To make the flavor difficult to simulate or duplicate.