About The Store
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Open 7 days, The Essential Ingredient Surry Hills is your destination for the latest innovations in food and entertaining. Home to an extensive kitchenware range, fine foods grocery, cheese counter, and cooking school, inspiration isn’t hard to come by in this foodie heaven.

Beginning its life in 1985 as a mail order service, The Essential Ingredient is fondly remembered from its former location on Parramatta Road in Camperdown.  In 2005 the first full retail focused Sydney store opened its doors in Crows Nest, boasting an extensive range of the best local and international ingredients, kitchenware and culinary titles before moving to Darling St Rozelle in 2010.

In January 2019 after the Rozelle premises was sold the store found its new and current home in the vibrant foodie community of Surry Hills. Offering all the familiar brands its customers love plus some new additions, the new store has been designed from the ground up with a beautiful new Cooking School fitted with DEKTON Ultra-Compact stone surfaces and Sub-Zero Wolf ovens, fridges and cooktops, and a warmer more intimate feel across the store.

Knife sharpening service in store.