La Chocolaterie
Forrat Inc.

Forrat’s Chocolates specializes in quality European handcrafted truffles and fine chocolates. Chocolates are made fresh, on site using natural ingredients like milk, butter, cocoa beans – but no preservatives and no artificial flavors. Forrat’s Chocolates takes you back to the basics – fresh ingredients, handcrafted quality, and a passion for making chocolate.

The first Forrat’s store opened in September 2003, at the Covent Garden Market in London, Ontario. At that time, the store was called La Chocolaterie
Forrat Inc. The name was ‘quite a mouthful’ so Marc decided as more stores were
opening, they needed to change the name to something simpler – Forrat’s Chocolates.

The mission of Forrat’s Chocolates is to bring back chocolate as an edible social experience – bringing back the good ol’ days – the days of face-to face customer interaction that existed before pre-packaged, mass production. At Forrat’s Chocolates, we encourage customers to share their stories, bring in their families and friends and watch the process of their favorite treats being made fresh, in-store!

Marc Forrat

Marc Forrat is the original owner and Chocolatier who came to Canada from
France in 1996 with the dream to spread his love of chocolate across Canada. Born in Brazil in 1972 to French-Algerian parents, Eveline Jeanne Yvette Pastor Forrat and Camille Ernest Forrat, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured early on as his mother owned a Bistro/Health Food store in Brazil. Through his mother’s example, he learnt that integrity, honour and hard work were essential in life.

Early Love
of Chocolate

Most children like to eat chocolate but Marc wanted to create it. At 12 years old, he decided to make his own chocolate recipe by borrowing a couple of bags of nuts and cookies from his mom’s Bistro. Combining nuts and cookies with 2 pounds of Nestle chocolate from the local grocery store, Marc made little bite sized clusters and gave them away to his mother’s customers. Seeing the success that his "clusters" had on customers, he started playing with molds – from Easter Eggs to various holiday sculptures.

Young Entrepreneur

At 16, Marc moved to France with his mother. Four years later, Marc opened his
first business. A Franco-Brazilian Bistro just like his mom’s. After a year he realized he loved dealing with customers but he wanted to incorporate his love of chocolate into his business. He closed his Bistro and worked for a French Chocolatier in Nice, France who took Marc under his wing and taught him the fundamentals of chocolate-making. Marc trained for 5 years, selling his creations to friends, restaurants and bakeries.

Following the
Heart Abroad

While in France, Marc met his true love and future wife, Elia Rodrigues, a
Portuguese native from Canada. Marc moved to London, Ontario in 1996 and was
married in 1998. Joining the love of his life, he moved to Canada and brought his mother and his love of chocolate across the Atlantic with him. They lived in Windsor and Toronto before settling in London. He learned English, took a few business courses from the Small Business Centre and with their support, opened his first store in the Covent Garden Market called “La Chocolaterie Forrat” in September 2003. He then opened a second location called “Bistro Chocolate” on Dundas Street in London, Ontario, where he served French staples of the Bistro world like Croque Monsieur Crepes, Salade Niçoise and, of course, chocolates. After a short time, Marc ended up closing the Bistro and re-focused on the chocolate world.

Spreading the Love

Today Marc spends his time as father to his beloved daughter Emilie, husband
and Chocolatier-making recipes, training staff, planning for future store expansions and volunteering his time as a public speaker and supporter of
local community charities and events.

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