About The Store
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The Essential Ingredient is widely known for its extensive range of specialty foods, cookware and culinary books. Its Prahran store is also home to a highly respected cooking school that has taught enthusiastic home cooks who want to shop where chefs shop since 1997. The Essential Ingredient is owned by Susan Weddell, Director and jointly led with Virginia Ranicar, General Manager.

The Essential Ingredient’s Victorian operations commenced in 1990, trading as The Vital Ingredient in South Melbourne. Meanwhile, its Sydney counterpart traded as The Essential Ingredient. After years of expansion, The Vital Ingredient relocated to a larger site at Prahran Market, Melbourne’s oldest food-only market. The Vital Ingredient also changed its trading name to The Essential Ingredient as part of a national alliance with Sydney.

The Essential Ingredient Prahran’s wholesale arm has been servicing Victoria’s restaurant trade and elite chefs for well over twenty years and is widely considered to hold expert knowledge of the world’s best single ingredients.

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Personal shopping appointments: You can book a personal shopping appointment before opening hours, or on Wednesdays at our Prahran store. Contact us on 03 9827 9047 or at mail@essentialingredientvic.com.au to book your appointment.

Public car parking is available via Elizabeth Street.
Knife sharpening service: leave your knives in store on the first Thursday of each month. Contact the store for more information.