The Essential Ingredient has been inspiring better cooking among some of the best Chefs and aspiring home cooks throughout Australia for over 30 years.

The Essential Ingredient began in 1986 as a mail-order business run from the Glebe home of the founders of the company. In 1990, the first Essential Ingredient store opened in Camperdown, Sydney. Since then, six additional franchise stores have joined The Essential Ingredient family.

Today these stores, located in Albury, Canberra, Newcastle, Orange, Rozelle, South Melbourne & Prahran, continue to inspire with a comprehensive range of quality foods, cookware, culinary books and a growing number of cooking schools and other related services.

Syd Weddell became the Managing Director of The Essential Ingredient franchise group in 2006. Peter Walmsley (General Manager) joined Syd as part-owner & Co-Director in 2011 and together with their passionate team of professional food enthusiasts, they continue the search for essential ingredients from around the globe while shaping the vision of The Essential Ingredient as a market-leading retailer & supplier to aspiring home cooks and discerning chefs.

The Essential Ingredient is one of the most recognizable retail brands within the Australian quality food & cookware market.

If you can see yourself investing in your passion for food and cooking, are excited by delivering service, have well-honed business skills to lead from the front line, looking to work with one of Australia’s most respected brands which encourages a high degree of decision-making autonomy, then The Essential Ingredient may open a new chapter in your career.

We are currently seeking enquiries from prospective franchisees looking to own their own business in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and other metropolitan centres.

For further information please email your enquiry to [email protected]