Rise to the Occasion with these Chocolate Souffles


With the perfect copper pan, the best chocolate and all the inspiration you need, The Essential Ingredient has everything to make special …

Perfect Paella


As spring weather is upon us and summer in clear view, it’s time to take our love of food and entertaining …

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25 Years – The Right People

Our team is driven by a love of cooking. What we do each day is shaped by respect for time-honoured traditions as well as a constant curiosity for quality ingredients, new trends, new techniques & new ways to enjoy food. For our customers, our chefs, our fellow market …

Peter Watson

Peter Watson – Real Food Hand Made

Peter Watson
We think 25 years of The Essential Ingredient is worth celebrating & what better way to do that than to celebrate the producers, suppliers & industry stalwarts who have been a part of our range over the decades.  Peter Watson products have been a significant part …


WIN a copy of Luke Nguyen’s France

As owner of Sydney’s acclaimed Red Lantern restaurant, Luke Nguyen has gained many admirers. His five previous books also have found enormous popularity, particularly ‘The Food of Vietnam’, which is considered by many the ultimate guide to that cuisine.

Now, in the SBS TV program and this companion book (released …


Recipe: Timothy Montgomery’s Slow-cooked Spring Lamb Neck, Farro, Wild Olives and Salsa Verde

Timothy Montgomery’s career as an innovative, creative chef, spans not only multiple restaurants, but multiple continents. Having started his career as Head Chef at The Manse Restaurant in Adelaide, he moved onto restaurants in Sydney, London and Switzerland.

After moving to Newcastle (NSW), his Bacchus Restaurant achieved five consecutive Chef’s Hats in the Sydney Morning Herald Good …


Cake decorating supplies

If there’s any doubt as to the importance of making your cakes not only delicious, but beautiful too, think of the ubiquity of expressions like ‘icing on the cake’ and ‘pretty please with a cherry on top’.

Both in home kitchens and professional bakeries around Australia, amateur and professional cake decorators continue …