A lifelong chocoholic, as a child Zara eagerly shared her passion with her chocolate-loving grandmother. Chocolate proved an enduring passion in Zara’s life; evidenced when her school friends, with great foresight, voted her 'Most likely to become Willy Wonka'. After university, Zara set out to learn more about fine chocolate and the process of making her own.
After completing the École Chocolat Professional Chocolatier Programme and equipped with a broad knowledge of the history of chocolate and the means by which to create her own, Zara began experimenting in her home kitchen. Fusing different flavours and finding unique pairings to combine with high quality chocolate cemented Zara’s passion for this path and she resolved to continue learning and improving.
Opening a chocolate shop on North Street, Southville in 2013 gave a Zara a solid base from which to grow her business.
Keeping production on a small scale and making everything by hand, in-store in an open kitchen, are central values for Zara's Chocolates.
All of the flourishes and decoration are created by hand and Zara’s Chocolates has become renowned for producing consistently excellent chocolate and innovative flavour combinations.