The Essential Ingredient Crows Nest

Contact Details

118 Willoughby Road

Crows Nest, NSW 2065

(02) 9185 2848 Get Directions
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 5pm
Thursday 9:30am - 5pm
Friday 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm
Closed Public Holidays.
What makes our store so special?

Knife sharpening service twice a month

About Our Store


We love cooking. That’s why, for over thirty years, we’ve been eagerly supplying our fellow food enthusiasts with specialty ingredients, professional cookware, kitchen equipment, culinary books and everything else essential for inspiring and encouraging that love of cooking.  

We search the world for artisans who share our belief that the best cooking starts with the best ingredients, and that it takes passion to create something truly delicious.

Our store also hosts culinary events in The Essential Kitchen - A place for anyone and everyone to talk food, share tips and tricks and find inspiration for that next great dish. Meet producers, attend demonstrations and masterclasses, and taste some of our favourite dishes to cook. View upcoming events at Crows Nest here.

Knife Sharpening Service

We offer a professional knife sharpening service twice a month. Kitchen knives, including serrated knives, kitchen scissors/shears, cleavers and mezzalunas, can be dropped off in store on the first and third Monday of every month and will be ready for collection the following Wednesday. Payment is required on drop off.

Please sheath or wrap knives prior to drop off, as loose knives can be hazardous. Use a knife sheath or individually wrap each knife in cloth or a tea towel, then bundle together securely. Loose knives, knives wrapped in newspaper or knives in knife blocks will not be accepted. Contact us for pricing.

Classes and Events

Be inspired and expand your foodie knowledge with us in store! From demonstrations, hands-on workshops and masterclasses to ingredient tastings and cookbook signings, we have something for every food enthusiast. Join us for exciting product launches and VIP shopping events too. Many sessions are ticketed, but we also offer free and open events. Contact us for more details or check out our calendar.

Culinary Cookbooks

Pop in and browse our wide range of cookbooks – classic cookbooks, tomes of information, cookbooks from around the world, books on home cooking, restaurant cookbooks and books from your favourite chefs and tik tok stars – there are so many to choose from. See our latest additions here.
We have even put together a few of our favourite books with a collection of our fabulous ingredients. Pick one up for yourself or as a gift – better yet – grab one for you and one for a friend!
We are constantly adding new books so follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay in the loop.