Our History

The Essential Ingredient RozelleOpen 7 days, The Essential Ingredient Rozelle is your destination for the latest innovations in food and entertaining. Home to an extensive kitchenware range, fine foods grocery, cheese emporium, 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 focussed Sydney store opened its doors in Crows Nest, boasting an extensive range of the best local and international ingredients, kitchenware and culinary titles.

On the eve of the brand’s 25th birthday, the Crows Nest store relocated¬† to its current home on Darling Street Rozelle, where it has thrived amongst some of the best known and most respected names in the food industry, including Herbies Spices, Adriano Zumbo and Belle Fleur Chocolates. The relocation also saw the additions of a Cooking School hosting a range of cuisine and skills based classes, and a Cheese Counter stocking both local and imported artisan cheeses and accompaniments.