the karat story

Founded in 2016, KARAT came out of humble beginnings in the basement kitchen of West Kelowna’s Mission Hill Winery. With a few 3kg bags of chocolate, simple tools. KARAT was created. With the support of friends, family, colleagues, and a caring community, the dream began to sustainably grow.

Over the last few years, KARAT has been focused on quality and building lasting partnerships — offering exclusive chocolate at an exemplary price while providing an artistic outlet for young chefs and chocolatiers. KARAT:

  • uses local ingredients

  • sources the best single origin beans and couverture chocolate possible

  • commits to finding ingredients that are ethically sourced and of the highest quality

KARAT has received multiple national and International awards and continues to push to provide better service and product.

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julian HELMAN,
karat’s chef/owner

Julian Helman, pastry chef, chocolatier, and owner/operator of KARAT is driven to create. His French training and culinary upbringing has had a profound impact on his work. – it has proven to be the foundation of his award winning creations, not just in style and technique , but also in its philosophy.  “Good food starts with good ingredients”

Julian a second generation pastry chef 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 and the “l’ecole Valrhona” in Tain l’Hermitage, France. 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 and has competed and won at both a national and international level.

Julian uses his years of experience and training from both savory and sweet perspectives to conceptualize and craft unique chocolates and pastries using the best ingredients . Julian’s love for travel, nature, art, architecture, and design can be seen in works displayed in his shop.