Kimberley Chocolates was established in 1994 by Joseph Atallah BSc (Food Science) with the aim of producing good quality chocolate and making it accessible to the general public. At that time in Sydney, very little good quality chocolate was being made and Joseph’s idea of combining couverture chocolate with ingredients such as lemon myrtle, quandong and chilli proved very successful.
Selling at markets and shows as well as from the Leichhardt factory, Kimberley Chocolates’ range of chocolate truffles quickly became sought after and Joseph rapidly gained a reputation as an innovative chocolatier with a wealth of knowledge that he was willing to share.
With appearances on TV and in other media outlets, customers became keen to not only taste his product, but to learn more about chocolate. Firstly, Joseph established Chocolate Appreciation Classes and the success of these informative sessions lead to the demand for hands-on Chocolate Workshops. Participants of the workshops love learning the secrets of chocolate truffle making and enjoy being able to take their handmade creations home with them along with the know-how of how to replicate them in the comfort of their own kitchen.
Kimberley Chocolates is established.
Gold and Silver awards, Sydney Agricultural Society’s Royal Easter Show Chocolate Competition.
Due to demand, chocolate making workshops and chocolate appreciation classes commenced.
“My teaching style is definitely not a boring presentation with charts and numbers, but a combination of talk, demonstration, hands-on and lots of sampling and laughing. I started teaching after an interview on the ABC when I was inundated with calls from people wanting to know more about chocolate. I realised there was a great need for chocolate education and decided to share my knowledge and experience. I’m glad I did, as along with my students, I enjoy every class.”
Read some testimonials:
My partner and I had such a fantastic time with Joseph and the class. Everyone was so enthusiastic and we could definitely tell that all of us were coming back for another class. It also helps that the chocolate is to die for! — MAXINE
We had such a good time! A bit of knowledge and laughter and the chocolates are just divine. The fillings were so yummy! — NADINE
Fantastic day out and came home with quite the haul of chocolate 🙂 — SEAN
The fresh cream truffles were a marvel - the fillings so light and airy and delicious...but it was the enrobed chocolates that were my favourite: the double enrobing providing a stark contrast between the thick wall of dark chocolate and the delicate melting ganache centre within. My personalised flourishes to each chocolate were the highlight of course. — GRAB YOUR FORK
Four hours flew past, and by home-time we each had a box to take home containing close to a kilo of handmade chocolates... And whilst we may be no closer to becoming professional chocolatiers, we undoubtedly became even bigger fans of chocolate and all its sensory pleasures. — GRAB YOUR FORK
Had the best time making my own chocolates! Such lovely hosts, it went at a good pace and considering I'm more of a savoury snack lover, these chocolates have certainly caught my attention. I thought I'd only have one or 2 and share the rest but after having one, I'm feeling a little more selfish and protective over them! — Djurica
Hello Joseph, Thank you so much for your workshop! It was amazing! All my chocolates are gone! My dad enjoyed them the most, I only got to eat one! Your workshops are fun, friendly and most of all delicious. Your handmade chocolate that we used as a base is the best chocolate I've ever tasted. The one-on-one time you gave each of us, the education and the humour really made your class one to remember. — Suja
We wanted to thank you for such a lovely, warm, delicious, and wonderful experience we had at the chocolate workshop. Not only was the chocolate one of a kind, so were you and Connie. We had a ball with you both as well as the other chocolate enthusiasts! Looking forward to our next encounter, so happy to have discovered your beautiful shop-one of Sydney's best kept secrets! — Alia, Fatima and Parisa
Hi Joseph, just wanted to give you a BIG THANK YOU! and tell you we couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable time. Your cooperation and amazing attitude was marvellous, the presentation and history on chocolate was fabulous and I don't think we'll ever forget the Rose Petal Hot Chocolate! OMG, brings tears to my eyes even thinking about it! We're very spontaneous, so you will see bunch of loud girls and boys rocking up at your chocolate shop from now on! Again thanks for the beautiful hens night it’s a night we’ll never forget. — Parya