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 …

Father’s Day Wishlist

Is your dad a willing participant or a spectator in the kitchen? Either way, we’ve got him covered this Father’s Day with a selection of gift boxes, books and cooking classes to celebrate with on Sunday, September 4.
Bookish Dad 

We have all the cook books and food books a dad could hope for.

Barbecues, seafoods, cheeses, vegetables, fermenting, preserving – whatever Dad enjoys to cook with or try out in …

Change the date to join Mr Carsisi

 Our dinner with chef Matt Fegan of Mr Carsisi has     had a date  change. 
Kyneton is now coming to Prahran on Monday September 12 when Matt will cook and serve a five-course dinner upstairs in our cooking school and talk you through the layered cuisine of the Ottoman Empire.

Join Matt for the degustation menu that draws on …

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 …

Zokoko Chocolate: Bean to Bar

Our constant pursuit in seeking out quality ingredients from Australia and around the world, led us to find some of the best chocolate we’ve tried in a while.

Zokoko Chocolate – the factory and cafe – is located in Emu Heights in New South Wales, at the foot of the Blue Mountains. The team are committed to a ‘bean to bar’ ethic (think paddock to plate but with chocolate) and …