Established in 2001, Essential Cuisine has already become one of the foremost suppliers of stocks, sauces and gravies to the UK’s foodservice and food manufacturing sectors.

Founder Nigel Crane trained under world famous chef Anton Mosimann at the Michelin starred Dorchester Hotel in London. As well as a distinguished career working in some of the country’s top kitchens, he has more than 15 years’ experience in technical product development.

Stocks are one of the cornerstones of a good kitchen, but whilst a good bought-in stock can deliver great taste in a chef’s cooking, a substandard stock can destroy it. These principles apply equally across catering and manufacturing.

Essential Cuisine’s chef led dedication ‘to be the best’ in terms of both taste and performance has set us apart as ‘the stock specialists’, based of a fusion of Culinary Skills, Technical Expertise and ingredient awareness.

We strive to supply you with the products that taste and perform like a chef’s own kitchen-made products, giving you the confidence to focus on the final dish.

With our wide range of Culinary Preparations, we hope you find something here that helps in your kitchen.

Our Facility

Our products are made in the United Kingdom in a purpose-built, nut-free facility, which is accredited to BRC Standards, ensuring that they are of the highest quality.

We use only the best ingredients, so that all the products deliver an authentic taste and flavour, which is particularly appealing to the requirements of ready meal, soup and pie manufacturers.

We do not use any MSG, HVP, preservatives, hydrogenated oils or GM materials.

Our team of five star chefs work hand in hand with our technical department to create a seamless product development process. Within the team we have an accumulated 50+ years of experience, specialist knowledge and understanding of natural ingredients.

Our development personnel are fully conversant with current food safety issues and maintain a close watching brief on EU Regulations & Directives.


We can tailor products to your needs and we offer a bespoke service which is fast, effective and efficient.

Our order quantities are flexible to suit your requirements and we pride ourselves on our service and delivery levels.

We currently supply to a wide variety of Food Manufacturers and have the ability to produce ingredients in a wide range of different packaging formats and sizes.

We can also advise on process application and label declarations.


We develop continuously, and explore new and exciting products to add to our ranges, most recently with the development of natural stock ranges in both liquid and powder formats.

Natural Culinary Collection

Ranges of natural liquid and powder stock bases for manufacturers who partner major UK retailers and high end specialist independents, and who require kitchen cupboard ingredients as part of their ingredients’ declaration.

Stocks – Liquid

Veal, Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Lobster, Vegetable

Natural Stock Powders

Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Lamb

Natural Jus – Paste

Veal, Beef, Chicken, Lamb

Natural Gravy Powder Mix

Roast Beef, Roast Chicken, Savoury Vegetarian

Chef’s Culinary Collection

A robust and flavoursome range of stock bases, ideal for balanced flavour profiles in all recipe formats, and perfect for the branded retail and foodservice manufacturing sectors.

Stocks – Powder

Vegetable, Chicken, Beef, Fish, Lamb, Mushroom, Ham, Veal, Roast Turkey, Light Vegetable, Roast Chicken, Cheese, Dark Onion Vegetarian (Beefy tasting)

Gravies – Powder

Roast Beef, Roast Chicken, Savoury Vegetarian

Premier Jus – Paste

Veal, Beef, Chicken, Lamb

Halal Stocks – Powders

Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Lamb, Fish

Culinary Sauces

Bechamel, Veloute, Demi-Glace, Bisques

Basic Bouillon Collection

A range of stock bouillons developed with cost in mind but flavour still the priority. Ideal for all cost sector development, the ingredients are of the highest quality without the need for MSG, Hydrogenated Fats and high levels of salt.

Stocks – Powder

Vegetable, Chicken, Beef, Lamb

Essential Blends

A bespoke collection of other specialist ingredients including marinades, seasoning and starches. Your requirements are our business.

Sauces, seasonings, Marinades, Speciality Starches