The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne is Go!


Our new shop is open. We are shouting it from the rooftops (or from the shop floor at least!).



The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne opened it’s doors late last week and while it’s a smaller space than our Prahran store, our passion and the quality of our products is as strong as ever.


Here’s a look through the shop and some of the products on …

Dressed for Spring, Part 2.

We love dressing for Spring. Bold sauces, gentle vinaigrettes, robust oils and fruity vinegars can bring out flavour and add depth to vegetable dishes and crunchy salads.

As we move into the warmer months we are embracing the dressing and all its combinations. Here we’re looking at even more beautiful produce we have in-store right now to brighten up your Spring – and Summer – cooking….

A Swine Tale with chef Daniel Wilson



Most of our cooking classes are held over the weekends, during the day, but did you know we sometimes offer night classes with dinner (that you’ve learned to cook!).

On Saturday October 22 A Swine Tale is happening with chef Daniel Wilson, the chef and co-owner of Huxtaburger.

Daniel Wilson will be teaching …

Giacobazzi Vinegars

There’s vinegars and then there’s vinegars. Like many products that are made at differing levels – from commercial to artisan – a good, balanced full-flavoured carefully made vinegar has the ability to take a dish from good to great; a dressing from fine to fancy and a sauce from tasty to wonderfully complex.

Fattorie Giacobazzi from Modena, Italy is a fifth-generation vinegar producer who make some of our favourite vinegars that …

Winter Blues

This is how we embrace the winter blues with our selection of the deliciously stylish and beautifully practical.

We constantly update our book titles and there is a rich selection of books to satisfy the cook in you this winter. Spice Journey by Shane Delia, The Nordic Cook by Magnuss Nilsson and all of Nigel Slater’s books will provide insight into great …