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Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw's ice cream mastermind: 'You can tell whatever story you want on that frozen canvas'

Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw's ice cream mastermind: 'You can tell whatever story you want on that frozen canvas'

Walking into the Los Angeles kitchen of Salt & Straw is more than a little magical. You’re hit with a rush of sugar, breathing in the aromas of fresh-baked brownies and an enormous batch of chocolate chip cookie dough churning in a giant mixer. At another table: mounds of vibrant red strawberries, picked at their peak. Then there are the trays and trays of almond brittle cooling in another corner. “That’s my grandmother’s recipe,” says Tyler Malek. “It’s a little under-baked right now, but by the time it’s in the ice cream it will have the perfect crunch.”

Tall and lanky, the bespectacled 28-year-old is the official...

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