Job Description:

Chocolatiers make chocolate into confectionery, either for their own business or for another brand.

Job Category:
Food & Drink

What you will do:

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • creating products by melting, moulding and decorating chocolate
  • maintaining kitchen hygiene rules and food hygiene standards
  • keeping up with production schedules
  • meeting production deadlines
  • making sure production meets the brand’s expected quality
  • using kitchen equipment carefully and safely
  • contributing ideas for new products


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of food production methods
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

There are no set qualifications needed to become a chocolatier, but evidence of catering or cooking experience is essential.

You could:

  • start by working in a bakery, chocolate shop, or factory for a chocolate manufacturer
  • complete an apprenticeship or internship in hospitality, ideally with a chocolate or confectionery brand
  • attend culinary school and train in an area like patisserie or baking arts

Researching chocolate production through taking a MOOC (massive open online course), visiting a local factory, and experimenting with chocolate tempering at home will also help prepare you for work as a chocolatier.

School Subjects

To become a Chocolatier in the UK, specific GCSE subjects are not mandatory, but certain subjects can be beneficial in providing a foundation for the necessary skills and knowledge in this field, such as:

  1. Food Technology: This subject can provide insights into food production, ingredients, and the science behind food processing, which is relevant in chocolate making.
  2. Art and Design: Chocolatiers often create visually appealing chocolate products, and artistic skills can be beneficial in designing and decorating confections.
  3. Mathematics: Basic mathematical skills are important for measuring ingredients and adjusting recipes.
  4. Business Studies: Understanding the business aspects of operating a chocolaterie, including marketing, finance, and customer service, can be helpful if you plan to run your own business.
  5. English: Good language and communication skills are essential for reading recipes, understanding instructions, and communicating with customers.
  6. Chemistry: While not directly related, studying chemistry can provide a deeper understanding of the chemical properties of chocolate and the science of tempering.

Working Hours and Environment:

As a chocolatier, you may be running your own business, in which case you would set your own hours. If this includes branding, merchandising and leading a team, it could form part of a demanding full-time schedule.

If you work for another company, you will likely work in shifts. These could be part-time or full-time, and may take place overnight in order to meet product delivery schedules.

You might need to stay focused for long periods at a time, doing repetitive tasks or tasks which require close attention to detail. You might also spend a lot of time on your feet.

Career Path & Progression:

If working for a bigger company, you could progress to a management position, such as Head Chocolatier or team leader.