Here at Essential Cuisine, we're proud to provide you and your hard-working team with the best quality stocks, jus, gravies, demi-glaces & glaces

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Providing ingredients that help unleash your creativity, and always deliver great taste.


Sue Brady & brigade making light work of school meals

Teamwork, laughter, giant ladles and some great cooking thrown in for good measure. See what happened when we went to visit Wiltshire caterer Sue Brady and her brilliant brigade.

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The Essential Book of British Inspiration

Here’s a gift from us to you – a collection of inspiring recipes from professional chefs, seasonal hints and tips and good old fashioned advice from industry veterans – all wrapped up in one handy book!

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When it comes to gravy, 84% of chefs say it ‘has to be British’

UK kitchens may be multi-national affairs – a celebration of difference – yet when it comes to a much-loved staple, 84% of chefs say that the gravy they use has to be made right here in Britain.    The findings* come from Essential Cuisine and follow extensive independent chef and consumer testing, undertaken this August, of its British-made No.1 Gravy range.

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“I’m incredibly proud” – a clean sweep for the North West on a National scale (by Lucy Wright)

A 4am start is only acceptable if it’s for something very worthy, and this was certainly worth the tired eyes, aching feet, and thumb cramp from Tweeting!

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Cheese chive and onion scones

Serve with a good cheddar and chutney for a perfect savoury afternoon tea!

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North West Young Chef Competition

Are you a confident young chef under 23, ready to show off your skills and boost your career prospects?

If you are passionate about food and can cook a 3 course meal for 2 people using local produce, then you really should be entering the North West Young Chef of the Year Competition.

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Britain’s Best Brigades

Is your kitchen a well-oiled machine turning out plates to be proud of? Does your team possess serious chemistry?

This annual competition is a nationwide hunt to uncover and reward the UK’s hardest working chef teams with a prize of £1000 cash plus a bespoke menu development masterclass up for grabs.

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We’ve been using Essential Cuisine now for 8 years, and when they came on the market, I thought they filled a niche very well. Their basic stocks and jus are extremely “essential”. The No1 gravies are absolutely perfect if you run a good gastro pub as, like the rest of Essential Cuisine’s products, they are near perfect. They have a rich depth of flavour and a very good viscosity and shine, as close to kitchen-made as you can get.

Matt Davies, BCF Chairman

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