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The Essential Ingredient Cooking School kitchen & event space

Planning an event? Teambuilding workshop? Client dinner?

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Cooking School Prahran 2015 Schedule NOW AVAILABLE!


Our 2015 Schedule of classes is available to BOOK NOW!

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Matt Wilkinson’s essential ingredients

As chef and co-owner of Melbourne’s popular ‘Pope Joan’, Matt Wilkinson has developed a reputation for producing exciting food from local, seasonal, sustainable fresh ingredients.

Having worked in England under Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart, then in Melbourne at Vue de monde and Circa, his style has evolved into a deceptively …


How our chefs use Kennedy & Wilson chocolate in their kitchens

If, like us, you are always on the lookout for local quality product then Kennedy & Wilson should be on your radar. Carefully sourced cocoa beans are processed in their Yarra Valley studio with only the finest additional ingredients. Their chocolate is conched for up to 72 hours to ensure …


WIN a double pass to the Spanish Film Festival

This year, the Essential Ingredient is once again proud to support the Spanish Film Festival, a wonderful celebration of Spanish film and culture.

Just as in so many aspects of Spanish culture, food often plays a large role in Spanish film. So often, the spectacular views of …


A home for chocolate lovers

Few foods inspire us the way chocolate does.

This single seemingly simple ingredient strikes at the core of why we love food as much as we do: it is a pleasure to eat and a joy to share.

Chocolate can create the simplest dessert at home- a chocolate mousse perhaps- or be used …


Turkish Chilli Flakes

Baked Eggs with Turkish Chilli Flakes

Chilli is an ingredient beloved around the world, not only for the heat it can bring to a dish, but for its complex flavour.

Dried chilli flakes, while a convenient way to provide a heat kick to a dish, often lack flavour, denying your …