As an 8 year old Jiri Havlik went on holiday with his elder brother to Belgium where he tasted his first real chocolate. He was so delighted and surprised that he has never forgotten that first bite. On arriving in New Zealand in 1999 from his native Czech Republic he worked in a variety of kitchens as a trained pastry chef. After six years he decided to venture out on his own.
In 2005, George and his wife opened Bohemein Fresh Chocolates with the goal of creating chocolates that were made with high quality and fresh NZ ingredients. He wanted everyone else to experience that taste he remembers so well. Their idea was simple, take great tastings ingredients and treat them with respect and integrity to retain what made them great in the first place.