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Catering in hotels,
pubs and restaurants

With chefs at our heart, there’s no other supplier better placed to support the unique challenges of kitchen life than Essential Cuisine.

We’re so proud of our gluten free range, many of our stocks, gravies and sauce bases are suited for vegans, vegetarians and Halal diets.

Our development chefs are constantly working to bring new flavours and inspirational recipe ideas to you – all full of colour, texture and of course flavour with the help of the finest stock and sauce bases on the market.


Hotels, Pubs and Restaurants
  • 100% gluten free range with many products containing NDA^
  • No MSG or palm oil added
  • Made in the UK in our BRC AA factory
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • A versatile range that encourages your creativity

^Does not contain declarable allergens under the EU regulation 1169/2011 (Annex 11)

  • Product demonstrations at your fingertips
  • Seasonal recipe inspiration and menu planning
  • Allergen information and support
  • Cost efficient with superior yields
  • 9-18 month shelf life

Delivering the
latest trends
for your menu

Global Cuisine - Immerse yourself in global culture and cuisine with our brand new range of authentic, street food inspired seasonings.

Home Delivery - The home delivery revolution has been accelerated by the pandemic. Let us inspire you with recipe inspiration, suitable for customers to enjoy at home!

Fired Up - Cooks are getting ever more creative with fire cooking, experimenting with all types of wood and smoke. Download “Hot off the grill” for some tasty recipe inspiration.

Power of the Gut - Gut health has been a hot topic for some time. Check out our nourishing “Summer Superfoods” recipe book here.

Al fresco Cooking and Dining - We’re appreciating the outdoors more than ever. Plan your Spring / Summer menu with the help of our “al fresco recipe inspiration” here.

Love your Veg - As plant based eating moves ever more mainstream, consumers are seeking dishes that champion veg. Check out our brand new range of vegan stock mixes here.

Hotels, Pubs and Restaurants

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Innovation Boxes

Menu planning? Let us inspire you with our innovation box designed for your working kitchen, packed with easy-to-use product samples and inspirational recipe cards.

The Essential book
of British classics

Britain has a rich history of traditional dishes and in “The Essential book of British classics”, we celebrate the very best of these popular classics. Our team of talented chefs have pulled together their own bespoke versions of these classic recipes, including some contemporary twists and global influences, breathing new life into the nations favourite dishes.


Hotels, Pubs and Restaurants

Street Food Chef
Recipe Inspiration

BBQ - Slow cooked shredded pork, smothered in BBQ sauce, served on a brioche bun with a side of slaw.

Mexican - Soft tacos filled with onions, feta and tender beef with a hot and spicy coating.

Satay - The perfect veggie menu option, combining egg, pak choi and noodles, served in a peanut-free satay and miso soup.

Indian - Indian crêpes filled with a fragrant Dahl, packed with red lentils, chickpeas and butternut squash.

Persian - A takeaway favourite. Persian lamb and fresh salad wrapped in a pitta bread, topped with pickled chillies and chilli sauce.

Chermoula - A hearty, flavour-packed stew, full of aromatic spices and served with warm flatbreads.

Latest sector news...

Tackle Rising Energy Costs with Essential Cuisine22nd October 2021With so much to think about in a busy kitchen, the impending increase of energy costs shouldn’t result in chefs having to compromise on quality. “Although energy costs within the hospitality industry often account for a small percentage of outgoings, reducing electricity bills can dramatically improve revenue without having to increase sales,” said Derek Duffill, Chief Executive of Energy WorksREAD MORE >Hospitality Apprenticeship Week 202118th October 2021The hospitality industry is looking for people who want to begin an exciting, lifelong career in which no two days are the same. Hospitality Apprenticeships Week 2021, taking place from 18 to 22 October 2021 aims to showcase the range of apprenticeships available across a diverse range of hospitality businesses and launches alongside the first ever hospitality apprenticeships hub, hosted by the industry support platform CareerScope.READ MORE >National Seafood Week12th October 2021National Seafood Week takes place from October 4th to the 11th. It’s an annual campaign celebrating the wide variety of fish and shellfish available in the UK and aims to get people eating more fish, more often. With diets such as Pescatarianism and Seaganism growing in popularity, we are here to help you celebrate all things seafood with a selection of mouth-watering recipes...READ MORE >The Food People's Autumn Menu Watching8th October 2021Autumn is that time of year when we all start to wear scarves, hats, gloves, and warm jumpers. The nights draw in and the clocks go back. This is a time of year for menu changes, out go light, fresh salads and cold dishes from summer, and steaming bowls of comforting soup and slow-cooked dishes arrive on your menus - warming not only our customers bodies but comforting their souls too.READ MORE >Italian Food - a much loved cuisine!13th April 2021We are here to continue delivering valuable insight and recipe inspiration to inspire your working kitchen. Our Marketing Team and Development Chefs work hand in hand to collate mouth-watering recipes every week. This week we are focusing on Italian cuisine, a much-loved favourite across the UK and a trend that has rarely seen a decline in popularity. In 2019 it was officially declared the most popular cuisine in the world (Independent, 2019).READ MORE >Re-opening for outdoor dining on 12th April? We share your thoughts9th April 2021It goes without saying that the last year has been undoubtably hard for the hospitality industry. As caterers across the country re-assemble tepees and test outdoor heaters in preparation for the return of outdoor dining on 12th April, we’re sharing your thoughts on how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted your business over the last 12 months, as well as your plans for re-opening.READ MORE >Tacos For Everyone - Our Top 10 Taco Recipes!6th April 2021Whether you are looking to expand your current street food offerings or introduce global influences to your menu, tacos are a great option this spring / summer! The filling combinations are endless, let us inspire your creativity with our top 10 taco recipes… all developed in-house by our talented development chefs.READ MORE >What's In Season - April6th April 2021Proudly partnered with Love British Food, we are passionate about encouraging chefs and consumers to source local, seasonal ingredients due to the retained freshness and nutritional benefits. We have selected a number of recipes to help you utilise in-season ingredients this April, proving just how versatile, tasty and cost effective local produce can be.READ MORE >Gravy as it should be - Essential Cuisine's No1 Gravy Range!1st April 2021Have no fear, there is no navy gravy here! Although we won’t be launching a new line of blue gravy this April Fools, we have a range you’d be proud to put your name to! The Essential Cuisine No.1 Gravy range is 100% gluten free, and is available in three variants: Beef, Chicken and Savoury.READ MORE >Good Friday Recipe Inspiration31st March 2021The Easter weekend provides a great opportunity to deliver tasty, traditional lamb dishes and sweet treats to your customers… but don’t forget about Good Friday. This highly celebrated holiday presents the perfect chance to showcase a selection of delicious fish dishes. Our team of chefs have gathered some winning recipes for Good Friday, providing some last minute inspiration for your takeaway menu.READ MORE >Snacks and coffee deliveries rise by 95%26th March 2021The trend of ordering snacks and coffee to family homes in London rose by 95% in 2020 versus 2019, according to research by insights firm The NPD Group. The demand for snacking was delivered by foodservice operators and delivery platforms such as UberEats and Deliveroo. London represents one quarter of the UK’s snacking via delivery market. The NPD Group insights director (foodservice) Dominic Allport said: “During 2020, London was the only region to see a rise in snacking via deliveryREAD MORE >Staycations set to increase by 22% vs. 2019 - what does this mean for you?25th March 2021The value of the UK summer domestic holiday market is set to increase by an estimated 22% compared with 2019, according to research by Mintel. It has also predicted that £7.1bn will be spent by holidaymakers during the summer, which would be a huge rise from the £5.8bn spent in 2019.READ MORE >Add bursts of flavour with the Essential Cuisine Glace Range24th March 2021With hospitality preparing for re-opening during the warmer months, we are here to share time-saving, versatile products to help your working kitchen get back up and running. We are proud of our 100% gluten free range and the peace of mind we can deliver to chefs across the country, with some products being free from declarable allergens*. Originally launched in 2004, the Essential Cuisine Glace Range delivers exceptional flavour with every spoonful.READ MORE >Inspiring Al Fresco Dining Across the UK18th March 2021With pubs, restaurants and cafés preparing to reopen outdoor dining spaces on April 12th, we are here to inspire your al fresco menus. According to Propel Info, establishments have received tens of thousands of bookings ahead of the April reopening. A spokesman for Fuller’s, said: “We are certainly taking a high level of bookings – people clearly can’t wait to get back to the pub, which is great to see.” The Food People shared that al fresco cooking and dining is set to be the seventh most popular trend during 2021 / 2022. With consumers appreciating the great outdoors more than ever...READ MORE >


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