Introducing P&F+’s Latest Columnist: Cynthia Lipka

Lipka discusses her vision for the revamped “Organoleptic Characteristics of Flavor Materials” column, her flavor journey and more.
Lipka discusses her vision for the revamped “Organoleptic Characteristics of Flavor Materials” column, her flavor journey and more.

After 12 years of moderating the “Organoleptic Characteristics of Flavor Materials” panel, Judith “Judy” Michalski is “passing the blotter” to Cynthia “Cyndie” Lipka, a colleague, friend and, now, fellow columnist.

You can find Michalski’s final thoughts on her time moderating the column, a few of her favorite materials as well as some other tidbits on page 40. But now, to introduce the column's new author, Cyndie Lipka. Principal flavorist at Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Lipka boasts over two decades of experience in the flavor realm.

Perfumer & Flavorist+ connected with the publication's latest columnist to hear about her vision for the panel, her journey in the industry and more.


Perfumer & Flavorist+ [P&F+]: What led you to the flavor industry?

Cyndie Lipka [CL]: Oh, I was just so lucky. I simply happened to be at the right place at exactly the right time! I was working at Hershey Foods doing biochemistry research. My boss and I had a candid conversation and he told me that I was poised for a promotion to senior research scientist. Shortly after that, in a giant R&D meeting, it was announced there was going to be a reorganization. A couple of the announcements affected me. One was that my boss was leaving to work in a totally different field. The other announcement was that I was going to be transferred into the flavor creation group working with Kent Zeller. I had not been told in advance that this was happening, and I remember being stunned. This was back in the day when companies moved you around like chess pieces. So, there went my promotion. Talk about a dream crusher. But I had no idea what a gift that was. It didn’t feel like a gift at the time, but oh man, was it! This field satisfies my split brain in every way. I can research things as most people drawn to the hard sciences like to do. But I can get imaginative, artistic and inventive with a softer set of skills. It is life in balance for me and that is why I adore this field after 27 years.

For the full article, please check out the Perfumer & Flavorist+ January 2021 issue.

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