Buying a gift for a foodie doesn’t have to be intimidating. Even if you’re not sure what they like to cook, what their skill level is or what they already have in their kitchen, these are a few things every passionate home cook would love to receive.
A Superior Knife
Knives are the most important tool in a kitchen, and the gift of a quality knife will bring a foodie a lifetime of joy.
With each serving different functions, a well-stocked knife block should have a chef’s knife, utility knife, bread knife, paring knife and carving knife. A butcher’s knife and fish knife are also valuable additions. We can help guide you through choosing the right knife for the cook; navigating size, materials, construction method, handles and more.
Visit one of our stores and let our team help you choose the right knife for someone you love. Alternatively, if they already have a full set of knives, our in-store knife sharpening services make a unique gift that’s sure to be appreciated.
The Right Chopping Board
Even the best of knives can be let down by an inferior chopping board. Use a board made of a hard wood and your knives will dull quickly, while a food-safe softer wood will keep knives cutting effectively for a lifetime.
Our range of German-made chopping boards are built from soft yet durable woods such as beech, cherry and maple, all constructed using food-safe adhesives. Whether you’re buying the board as a standalone gift, or adding it to a custom gift box, a quality chopping board makes a wonderful gift.
As cooks, no matter how accomplished we might become, we’re always keen to learn more.
A cooking class at The Essential Ingredient is more than just a lesson; it’s an opportunity to share an experience with other food lovers, to pick up invaluable tips and tricks, and often to enjoy a delicious meal made by you.
Available at selected The Essential Ingredient stores across a diverse range of cuisines and cooking styles, our cooking classes are led by experts, with class sizes kept small to ensure each attendee gets the most out of the memorable experience.
Whether it’s a hands-on class or a demonstration, a cooking class with The Essential Ingredient makes a wonderful gift. To view a list of preview cooking classes for 2018, click here.
Essential Gift Boxes
To make buying a gift for a food lover in your life simple, we’ve created a unique range of gift boxes, featuring a curated selection of ingredients, tools and more.
All designed to inspire better cooking, The Essential Ingredient Gift Boxes are each built around a theme, like our ‘Some Like It Sweet’ box, full of our favourite sweet ingredients, or our ‘Australiana’ box featuring highlights from the best Australian producers.
Want something more personal? Visit one of our stores and let our knowledgable staff help you build a custom, personalised gift box.
Visit your nearest The Essential Ingredient store to explore our huge range of products perfect for home cooks and food lovers of all levels, or click your way through the exciting selection of products available in our online store.