About Julian


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 last 15 years – it has proven to be the foundation for his creations, not just in the style and technique of his work, but also in philosophy. Food is more than just food to Julian. Good food can be something special when made with care.

Julian believes that good results begin with using only the best ingredients; the quality and origin of ingredients are to be respected. He says, “in order to enhance the ingredients, you should showcase them by keeping them honest and simple.” 

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, IL. Over the course of his career, he has worked in 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 has taken part in Numerous national and international competitions.

In 2016, Julian launched KARAT to further explore his passion for pastry and chocolate and give back to the the local community. Julian uses his years of experience and training from both savory 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.