The man with the magic tongue is America’s flavor scientist

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – It’s the peak of crawfish season.

And nobody’s ready with more spirit of the season than the man they call “Mr. Boil”.

Although he’s about to get a name change to “Dr. Boil”.

WGNO News with a Twist features reporter Wild Bill Wood is ready to make the name change and the introduction.

He’s Claude Davis.  A New Orleans native.  Claude grew up in Treme.  He graduated from Xavier University.

Then he went on to earn a PhD in chemistry from LSU.

“Mr. Boil” works for Zatarain’s.  That’s the company that’s been spicing up the world for more than 125 years.

Zatarain’s helps define New Orleans food and flavor as the world’s leader, in fact, in New Orleans-style food.

Today, about 150 people work for Zatarain’s.  One of them is Claude Davis.

Claude is responsible for maintaining the flavor and ingredients of Zatarain’s main product line.  And, of course, a big part of that is crawfish boil.

That’s the mix of spices and seasonings that inspires the recipes for cooking crawfish.

Claude Davis knows how to up your boil game with new and trendy ingredients.

He’s got the flavor forecast and the crawfish forecast for 2016.

Claude knows how to make any spice, spicier.  Or milder.  That comes from layering the flavors.

And nobody knows how to layer like “Mr. Boil”, sorry, “Dr. Boil” from Zatarain’s.



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