South Melbourne, VIC

266 Coventry Street
South Melbourne, Victoria 3205
Phone: (03) 9827 9047

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About the store
Cooking school (Prahran)

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southmelbournestorefront-websiteStandard opening hours:

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm


Parking: There are several multi-story public car parks in close proximity to the store, with street parking also available.



Cooking School: The Essential Ingredient Cooking School Prahran is only a 15 min. drive from our South Melbourne store. See our upcoming classes here…

The Essential Ingredient, Melbourne’s leading specialty food and cookware store, is thrilled to announce that their second site in South Melbourne – the suburb where the empire began – is open.

In a space that allows us to concentrate on what we do best, The Essential Ingredient at  266 Coventry Street, South Melbourne has been designed by architect Ian Wilson from Wilson ID.

He has created a warm, contemporary space founded on blues and greys, with striking light fittings – dressed with beautiful copper cookware – and the room is finished with textured tiles. There is also a completely refurbished, breathtaking facade.

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Explore. Discover. Indulge

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Good food and good cooking are the beginnings of a happy day, the makings of a balanced meal at the end

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Recipe: Crostata di Ricotta e Pere Coscia by Emiko Davies

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This recipe by Emiko Davies was presented in our first cooking class for 2017 and comes from her latest book, Acquacotta.

Crostata Di Ricotta E Pere Coscia
Ricotta crostata is

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The growing culture of “I don’t know how to cook”

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Written by Syd Weddell, Managing Director of The Essential Ingredient Franchise Group
We have long admired Stephanie Alexander and her work with

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Preserving the bounty of the season

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Plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots piled high; tomatoes, plump and plush, sending their sweet perfume through the market stalls.

It’s late summer and

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Chat with a Chef: Casey McDonald, group head chef of Andrew McConnell restaurants

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In our second Chat with a Chef, we talk with Casey McDonald, Group Head Chef of Andrew McConnell restaurants which include, Cutler & Co., Marion,  Cumulus Inc and

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Upcoming Classes and Events...

For upcoming classes and events in Melbourne, view our The Essential Ingredient Prahran Cooking School listings