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Re: TAR 25: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #50 on: December 23, 2014, 06:53:29 AM »


'The Amazing Race' Q&A: How the Scientists became 'TAR' top dogs
     

By Jodi Walker on Dec 22, 2014 at 7:45PM


When EW caught up with the 25th winners of The Amazing Race, they were hoarse from celebrating all weekend with their “race family,” but still flying high from the $1 million win. Amy and Maya—Candy Scientists, by trade—beat out three much more physically imposing teams, two-thirds of whom were professional athletes (one-third of whom were potentially teeth-cleaning super humans), to become only the third all-female first-place finishers in TAR history.


Amy and Maya ran an impressively academic Race, but more importantly to them, they played the game well while “staying true to themselves.” That often becomes a meaningless phrase, but The Amazing Race is a game where it’s easy to turn up sides of yourself you’d prefer stay buried under hypothetical behavioral questions of “How would I act in a zombie apocalypse?” and “What if I lived in Game of Thrones’ world?”

Say, if you had been traveling through 20 cities all over the globe with little sleep and more sweat than you knew your body could contain, all while harboring two stress fractures in your pelvis, and then you were asked to deliver a couple of 20-pound bunches of coconuts within a maze of Moroccan vendors while the other people doing the same thing could literally bench press you…y’know, then it might become a challenge to stay true to the version of yourself that doesn’t yell at your partner and start throwing coconuts at innocent Moroccan bystanders. And for Amy and Maya, it was tough, but overcoming that challenge, and running the race with smiles on their faces and a little hobble in their gait is exactly what won them the race. EW caught up with the Candy Girls to discuss their underdog status and how they hope they inspired viewers.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your approach to The Amazing Race—the approach that helped you win—was very academic, very studied. Have you always been fans of the show?


Maya: I’ve been a fan of the show for years; I’ve always wanted to go on it. There’s a clip that just came out in this past episode where I’m saying I wanted to go on it with my future husband. But since that husband is nowhere to be found, I knew that I needed to change that a little bit.

You were always the first to refer to yourselves as “underdogs,” but you must have had some you could win…how did you rank your chances going in?

Amy: Physically, we were underdogs; toward the end, it was us against a lot of professional athletes. But throughout the whole race we believed that if we ran our race and really focused and worked hard that we could do it.

Maya: And from the get go, I had an innate feeling that we were going to win. I never thought that we were going to lose. I just knew it.

Well, you were certainly the most positive team! You played such a strong game as partners—we never even saw a cross word between the two of you! How did you work on your communication with one another?

Amy: I think a lot of it is just that we’re supportive and have a lot of faith in each other as teammates. We watched a lot of episodes going in and we saw people arguing, but there’s no reason to argue. You only have a certain amount of energy in the day, why waste it on arguing? We’re a team, and I think we didn’t want to let each other down. We knew that the other was going to do their best, and that’s really all you can expect out of anybody.

Maya: And we knew that we had somewhat more of an advantage just being friends and lab-mates than the people who are married or dating because there’s an emotional tie that they have that we don’t. We did definitely have in our moments, but we made sure to never let the other teams see that, because that could be seen as a weakness… which it definitely was for Brooke and Rob.

Nowhere was your support for each other and perseverance more evident than in watching Amy run the entire race with an injured leg. It wasn’t even revealed to the audience until a few weeks in!

Amy: I actually didn’t find out until I got home—I got an MRI pretty much immediately when I got back and found out that I had two stress fractures in my lower pelvis. So, yeah, it was a pretty bad injury [laughs] but at the same time, you just have to focus and work hard.

With as much as you had to push to keep up physically, what do you recall as the toughest leg for the Scientists team?

Amy: I think it was probably the second Morocco leg. Both Morocco legs were tough for us; it was very hot and we got very lost. We still had fun though, so there’s no single leg I can look back on and say we didn’t enjoy it.

Maya: I actually think the toughest leg for us a team was London/Oxford.

Amy: Oh, yeah…

Maya: We argued the whole time we were punting, for, like, three hours. They don’t show us arguing, but we were arguing the whole time, so I think as a team, that was definitely the hardest leg. But I’m glad it happened early because we were able to bounce back from it and talk about it and run the race even better than we previously had.

I know you were really excited to be the third ever all-female team to win the Race and made some great comments after your win about inspiring people to do more than just what they think they can do. What did it mean to you to be an all-female team winning The Amazing Race?

Maya: For us, being and all female team—especially a young, academically driven all female team, and me being a person of color, as well—it’s hopefully inspiring to people along the way, especially young girls that you can sort of think outside of the box and be more than you think you can be. Because Amy and I are just like everyone else. There’s nothing—okay, I guess we’re pretty special people [laughs], but everyone is special in their own way. It’s just knowing how to use what you’ve been given to your advantage and I think we did that and hope we inspired other people to do that as well.

Amy: For me, the race was never something that I had considered doing. It was never something that I thought that I could do, and here we are—we just won The Amazing Race! You really can do what you put your mind on to do.

Maya: Beyond what you can put your mind on, you can do.

Amy: Anything is possible.
 
 
 
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Re: TAR 25: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #51 on: December 23, 2014, 07:11:03 AM »
Maya: We argued the whole time we were punting, for, like, three hours. They don’t show us arguing, but we were arguing the whole time, so I think as a team, that was definitely the hardest leg. But I’m glad it happened early because we were able to bounce back from it and talk about it and run the race even better than we previously had.

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I really would have loved to see that meltdown, even if it was in secret scenes. They released Dennis/Isabelle's Leg 1 Airport fight+ their Pit Stop clue being dropped into the water and them arguing trying to read the completely destroyed clue, why couldn't they have shown Amy/Maya's meltdown?  :cmaslol

Would certainly have made them more visible in early episodes.
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Re: TAR 25: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #52 on: December 23, 2014, 07:20:43 AM »
The fight would have been great to see! :lol:
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Re: TAR 25: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #53 on: December 23, 2014, 09:14:10 AM »
To add some background about Amy's pelvis injury, Maya told us at the TAR finale party that when they were chosen to be on TAR, Amy realized that she needed to work on her conditioning. Maya runs marathons and Amy wanted to keep up. She started running. A lot. While wearing a backpack. She overdid it and hurt herself. Amy wanted to stay on TAR, so she used a couple of different pain medications during the entire race. Even still, she said she had sharp pains in her leg with every step she took.

I'd say that rates up there with the most courageous efforts ever on TAR.

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Re: TAR 25: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #54 on: December 23, 2014, 03:06:01 PM »
My respect for Amy grew so much ever since the finale aired. How she won it for the team and then finding out about her injury! If I were to be her, I would probably not even last that long. Or quit like some team on TAR 22 :cmas11
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Re: TAR 25: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #55 on: December 23, 2014, 04:16:28 PM »
Amy: We watched a lot of episodes going in and we saw people arguing, but there’s no reason to argue. You only have a certain amount of energy in the day, why waste it on arguing?

Maya: We argued the whole time we were punting, for, like, three hours. They don’t show us arguing, but we were arguing the whole time, so I think as a team, that was definitely the hardest leg. But I’m glad it happened early because we were able to bounce back from it and talk about it and run the race even better than we previously had.

I'm confused  :cmas11

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Re: TAR 25: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #56 on: December 23, 2014, 08:41:34 PM »
Amy & Maya live chat on CBS.COM:

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Re: TAR 25: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #57 on: December 23, 2014, 08:59:16 PM »
Amy: We watched a lot of episodes going in and we saw people arguing, but there’s no reason to argue. You only have a certain amount of energy in the day, why waste it on arguing?

Maya: We argued the whole time we were punting, for, like, three hours. They don’t show us arguing, but we were arguing the whole time, so I think as a team, that was definitely the hardest leg. But I’m glad it happened early because we were able to bounce back from it and talk about it and run the race even better than we previously had.

I'm confused  :cmas11

That was the only time they argued and they picked themselves up afterwards.
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Re: TAR 25: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #58 on: January 14, 2015, 01:48:21 AM »
I guess they are really really lucky with the new non-elimination twist in Leg 11.

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Re: TAR 25 WINNERS: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #59 on: February 26, 2015, 05:27:02 PM »
Life is sweet for Amazing Race winners from Madison
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Known on the CBS reality show "The Amazing Race" as the "sweet scientists," Amy DeJong and Maya Warren are focused on their research in a UW-Madison lab, but are still relishing their come-from-behind win. "We had so much fun, excited to bring the victory to Wisconsin," DeJong said.

The pair had known they claimed victory for months, but were sworn to secrecy until the Season 25 final aired last December. Since the big victory, how has life changed? Not much, according to Warren. "When I wake up in the morning, I don't think about the Amazing Race, I don't think about winning, I think about my research," she said.

Both DeJong and Warren are Ph.D. students in food science at UW-Madison, who specialize in researching candy and ice cream. That fact may have helped Amazing Race competitors underestimate them. "They called us 'the candy girls' instead of Ph.D. students," DeJong said.

Turns out it was a bad idea for Amazing Race opponents to overlook them. They say one of the best parts about winning was inspiring other women. "Other female scientists have emailed us to say thank you for finally showing the world that we are a force to be reckoned with. I mean we can have fun, we aren't the nerdy awkward people that are always in the media," DeJong said.

Warren says she still gets recognized in grocery stores, and still doesn't know just how to react. "I'm like, 'how do you know me?' but then I'm like, 'oh yeah, I was on the Amazing Race, you do know me!'" she said.

Both Warren and DeJong now use their celebrity to help recruit for the Badgers. As for the $1-million dollar winning prize, both put their share into savings, but both say the joy they felt from the experience was never about the money. "It was one of those things where we were underestimated but we new what we were capable of and we had fun," DeJong said.

"I hope we inspired you to go out and do something random, like we did,"Warren said.

DeJong has a few years left in her pursuit of a doctorate degree. Warren is scheduled to earn her Ph.D. later this year.

Source:http://www.cbs58.com/story/28204524/life-is-sweet-for-amazing-race-winners-from-madison


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Re: TAR 25 WINNERS: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #60 on: March 20, 2015, 06:43:29 PM »
Amazing plans for ‘Amazing Race’ winner

March 18, 2015

by David Tenenbaum



Photo: Maya Warren

Food science graduate student Maya Warren is pictured in a research lab in Babcock Hall.  When Warren completes her doctoral degree in August 2015, she aspires to launch a food consulting business and a TV show showcasing frozen desserts from around the world.

Photos: Jeff Miller

You may know Maya Warren for her $1 million victory, shared with fellow food science grad student Amy DeJong, in the latest edition of the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race.” You likely do not know that, after she receives her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August, she intends to homogenize her TV experience with her knowledge of ice cream, outgoing nature, and self-confidence to develop a show showcasing frozen desserts around the world.

“Even before the race, I had this idea to do a television show on ice cream and frozen dessert,” she says. “I’ve always been a person who is interested in doing something for the love, not the money.”

Does ice cream seem lightweight? Perhaps, but the “Amazing Race” contestants who slighted her team as the “Candy Girls” got their comeuppance with the duo’s come-from-behind victory in December’s final episode.


Photo: Warren serves up a test batch of ice cream

Warren serves up a test batch of ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect communication vehicle, Warren says. “Talking to 5-year-olds, or 80-year-olds, it makes their eyes light up. The science is tangible. I can break it down so people can understand.”

Her comparative advantage, aside from that easy, enthusiastic manner, rests squarely on her education at UW-Madison: the science of food, the subtle interaction between flavor, texture, and (in the case of ice cream) temperature and melting properties.

For her dissertation, Warren is exploring fat agglomeration — how fat molecules cluster together. Her work could help ice-cream makers produce low-fat ice cream with better “mouth feel” and less gum and binder.

“Most people who do food shows are chefs, not scientists,” she says. “The love for food is growing, so for me it’s a cool opportunity.”

Warren also intends to stay active in the manufacturing side of frozen desserts, as she has been doing for Babcock Hall’s Frozen Dessert Center.


Photo: Maya Warren

“Most people who do food shows are chefs, not scientists,” Warren says. “The love for food is growing, so for me it’s a cool opportunity.”

“My major professor, Rich Hartel, and I study microstructure. Scott Rankin (a professor of food science) has small-scale manufacturing equipment and in-depth knowledge of the sensory aspects of frozen desserts, and Bill Klein, who manages Babcock’s dairy plant, does larger scale manufacturing,” she says. The center provides services to manufacturers to troubleshoot or create new products.

Warren grew up near St. Louis, and played soccer and basketball and ran track in school. A good student, she majored in chemistry at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. A summer internship at a food company turned her toward food science, and she came to UW-Madison to work on ice cream with Hartel.

Warren says her father, a chef; her mother, a minister; and her godparents, who helped raise her, were “super supportive. They always told me the sky isn’t the limit. There is so much more I can do. But when I said I would not be a medical doctor …” she says, trailing off. “They are so proud of all I have been able to accomplish. I am a go-getter, I’ve got to have fun, make everything a learning moment, and really be me. Family has instilled that in me.”

Warren says she and her road partner DeJong “were just there to have fun. We learned that a smile or a hug can speak volumes in a country where we could not speak the language.”


Photo: Amy DeJong and Maya Warren

Amy DeJong and Maya Warren won TV’s ’Amazing Race’ last year.

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In a format that encourages rivalry, “we never put another team down,” Warren says. “Amy even gave another contestant her extra shoes, and they beat us that day.”

“Maya is a very motivated person who really likes to think outside the box,” says DeJong. “She has a lot of passions and is willing to put in the work she needs to achieve what she wants to achieve. She likes to share her passions with other people.”

DeJong says the duo decided to apply for the show without much consideration. “She started to talk about it, and I said it sounds like fun, and before we knew it, we were auditioning.”

The “Candy Girls” did, however, bring a secret weapon to the race, Warren says. “After the grueling process of getting a Ph.D., we know what it is like to be under mental strain. We know how to stay calm and succeed.”

Navigation was a key challenge, Warren says. “We got lost a lot, in Copenhagen, Morocco … On the last leg, we were driving through L.A., and knew we needed to stop and get directions. We were diligent about that. We would leave a building, and instead of getting into the car, would stop for directions. We saw the other teams just drive away, but we learned from the mistakes we made.”

In the race, as in life itself, “smartness does play a role,” Warren says.
 
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Re: TAR 25 WINNERS: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #61 on: March 21, 2015, 05:48:45 AM »


Photo: Maya Warren

Food science graduate student Maya Warren is pictured in a research lab in Babcock Hall.  When Warren completes her doctoral degree in August 2015, she aspires to launch a food consulting business and a TV show showcasing frozen desserts from around the world.
 
For pics and more: http://www.news.wisc.edu/23585?utm_source=iUW&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=iUW2015-03-18


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Re: TAR 25 WINNERS: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #62 on: March 21, 2015, 07:08:17 AM »
I really want to watch Dr. Warren's show!
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Re: TAR 25 WINNERS: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #63 on: March 21, 2015, 07:34:11 AM »

I really want to watch Dr. Warren's show!

YESSS Dr. Warren enthusiastic personalities and many frozen desserts around the world (Sorbet, Ais Kacang, Gelato, Patbingsu, Kulfi, Kakigori,...) :luvu: in one show. This make me so hungry. Maybe her show is in food channel network in future? ???
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Re: TAR 25 WINNERS: Amy DeJong & Maya Warren "Sweet Scientists"
« Reply #64 on: May 15, 2015, 10:28:49 AM »
Maya has been named TOP 15 of 10,000 grads this year!


Amazing plans for ‘Amazing Race’ winner

March 18, 2015

by David Tenenbaum

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Photo: Maya Warren

Food science graduate student Maya Warren is pictured in a research lab in Babcock Hall.  When Warren completes her doctoral degree in August 2015, she aspires to launch a food consulting business and a TV show showcasing frozen desserts from around the world.

Photos: Jeff Miller

You may know Maya Warren for her $1 million victory, shared with fellow food science grad student Amy DeJong, in the latest edition of the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race.” You likely do not know that, after she receives her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August, she intends to homogenize her TV experience with her knowledge of ice cream, outgoing nature, and self-confidence to develop a show showcasing frozen desserts around the world.

“Even before the race, I had this idea to do a television show on ice cream and frozen dessert,” she says. “I’ve always been a person who is interested in doing something for the love, not the money.”

Does ice cream seem lightweight? Perhaps, but the “Amazing Race” contestants who slighted her team as the “Candy Girls” got their comeuppance with the duo’s come-from-behind victory in December’s final episode.


Photo: Warren serves up a test batch of ice cream

Warren serves up a test batch of ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect communication vehicle, Warren says. “Talking to 5-year-olds, or 80-year-olds, it makes their eyes light up. The science is tangible. I can break it down so people can understand.”

Her comparative advantage, aside from that easy, enthusiastic manner, rests squarely on her education at UW-Madison: the science of food, the subtle interaction between flavor, texture, and (in the case of ice cream) temperature and melting properties.

For her dissertation, Warren is exploring fat agglomeration — how fat molecules cluster together. Her work could help ice-cream makers produce low-fat ice cream with better “mouth feel” and less gum and binder.

“Most people who do food shows are chefs, not scientists,” she says. “The love for food is growing, so for me it’s a cool opportunity.”

Warren also intends to stay active in the manufacturing side of frozen desserts, as she has been doing for Babcock Hall’s Frozen Dessert Center.


Photo: Maya Warren

“Most people who do food shows are chefs, not scientists,” Warren says. “The love for food is growing, so for me it’s a cool opportunity.”

“My major professor, Rich Hartel, and I study microstructure. Scott Rankin (a professor of food science) has small-scale manufacturing equipment and in-depth knowledge of the sensory aspects of frozen desserts, and Bill Klein, who manages Babcock’s dairy plant, does larger scale manufacturing,” she says. The center provides services to manufacturers to troubleshoot or create new products.

Warren grew up near St. Louis, and played soccer and basketball and ran track in school. A good student, she majored in chemistry at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. A summer internship at a food company turned her toward food science, and she came to UW-Madison to work on ice cream with Hartel.

Warren says her father, a chef; her mother, a minister; and her godparents, who helped raise her, were “super supportive. They always told me the sky isn’t the limit. There is so much more I can do. But when I said I would not be a medical doctor …” she says, trailing off. “They are so proud of all I have been able to accomplish. I am a go-getter, I’ve got to have fun, make everything a learning moment, and really be me. Family has instilled that in me.”

Warren says she and her road partner DeJong “were just there to have fun. We learned that a smile or a hug can speak volumes in a country where we could not speak the language.”


Photo: Amy DeJong and Maya Warren

Amy DeJong and Maya Warren won TV’s ’Amazing Race’ last year.

Photo: CBS

In a format that encourages rivalry, “we never put another team down,” Warren says. “Amy even gave another contestant her extra shoes, and they beat us that day.”

“Maya is a very motivated person who really likes to think outside the box,” says DeJong. “She has a lot of passions and is willing to put in the work she needs to achieve what she wants to achieve. She likes to share her passions with other people.”

DeJong says the duo decided to apply for the show without much consideration. “She started to talk about it, and I said it sounds like fun, and before we knew it, we were auditioning.”

The “Candy Girls” did, however, bring a secret weapon to the race, Warren says. “After the grueling process of getting a Ph.D., we know what it is like to be under mental strain. We know how to stay calm and succeed.”

Navigation was a key challenge, Warren says. “We got lost a lot, in Copenhagen, Morocco … On the last leg, we were driving through L.A., and knew we needed to stop and get directions. We were diligent about that. We would leave a building, and instead of getting into the car, would stop for directions. We saw the other teams just drive away, but we learned from the mistakes we made.”

In the race, as in life itself, “smartness does play a role,” Warren says.
 
pics and more: http://www.news.wisc.edu/23585
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