Own your own part of The Essential Ingredient

Passionate about food? Keen to run your own business from the front line and spend your days inspiring better cooking?

We’re looking for highly skilled and dedicated Franchisees to join The Essential Ingredient and uphold the company’s reputation for product knowledge and commitment to customer service.

One of the most rewarding parts of being a lover of food and cooking is sharing that …

Le Vinaigre de Banyuls

A good vinegar calls firstly for a great wine.

Banyuls vinegar, from the charming French seaside town of Banyuls-Sur-Mer, comes from one of the world’s finest wines resulting in one of the world’s finest vinegars.

The vinegar is aged for four years in oak barrels, exposed to the sun and rain, then finished in smaller oak barrels …

A French feast

It is Bastille Day and no French celebration would be complete without a feast.

It is a well-known fact that the French have gastronomy in their blood and they take great pride in their food at every level, from production to consumption.

At The Essential Ingredient, we take great pride in sourcing the finest French products.

These are available in-store and online: perfect for your own …

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 occasions even more special.

Try serving these stunning chocolate souffles in our The Essential Ingredient Mini Copper Pans for a memorable conclusion to your next feast with friends.

Recipe: Gary Mehigan’s Dark …

Deep South by Brad McDonald

Brad McDonald was born in Mississippi and is now executive chef of The Lockhart and Shotgun in London.

For Brad, the story of American cooking and American food culture today began back in south.

Brad’s book, Deep South, delivers his modern take on Southern cooking.

There are recipes for pickles and Southern style cheese straws, dirty rice with smoked oysters and roasted …

Recipe: Chicken Tagine

Thinking about Moroccan food conjures up thoughts of spicy, slow-cooked meat dishes cooked in a magical pot: a tagine.

The conical shaped lid helps preserve moisture in the food as the steam rises, condenses on the inside of the lid and then drips back down into the stew.

Tagines can be made from almost anything– lamb and chicken are very popular, but vegetables, …

Recipe: Smokin’ Popcorn

At The Essential Ingredient we love La Dalia paprika- hot, sweet and bittersweet.

La Dalia have been making paprika for over 100 years. They really know what they are doing.

Smoky, fiery or fruity, La Dalia paprika is a weapon for any culinary arsenal.

It adds rich depth of flavour to everything from marinades and stews to salads and batters.

We have …