Julian Helman, pastry chef, chocolatier, and owner/operator of KARAT is driven to create. His French training has had a profound impact on his work over the past 15 years – it has proven to be the foundation of his creations, not just in style and technique of his work, but also in its philosophy. Food is more than just food to Julian. Good food can be something special when made with care.
Julian completed his formal culinary and pastry training at the Canadian Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown, P.E.I. and further refined his chocolate and pastry skills at the famed French Pastry School in Chicago, USA. Over the course of his career, he has worked a wide range of positions in various establishments, from Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants in Europe and Asia, hotels, pastry shops, bakeries, and restaurants.
Julian uses his years of experience and training from both savoury and sweet perspectives to conceptualize and craft unique chocolates and pastries using local ingredients. Julian’s love for travel, nature, art, architecture, and design can be seen in works displayed in his shop.