Essential Cuisine

Welcome to Essential Cuisine’s virtual stand

Quality stocks and sauces made for the working kitchen

We support chefs by consistently creating great tasting, easy to use products with passion, that recognise the demands of working kitchens.

What’s more we are proud to announce that 100% of our range is gluten free with many of these products containing no declarable allergens*. We also offer a range of products suited to those who follow Halal, Vegan and Vegetarian diets – just another way we are giving chefs peace of mind in the kitchen.

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Supporting you in the hospitality sector

With so much to think about in a busy kitchen, chefs can often find themselves crying out for some basic essentials to ease the pressure, without compromising on quality. We’re here to help save you numerous hours of having to make sauces from scratch, meaning your team can put their focus into the final dish.

Stock mixes

  • Superior taste
  • Clear appearance
  • Simple and easy to use
  • No GM
  • Long ambient shelf life (18 months)
  • Superior yield
  • Colour coded
  • Low level of fat

No.1 Gravy

  • Gluten free and still tastes as a proper gravy should
  • Rich, full-bodied flavour profiles
  • Our savoury gravy is suitable for vegans and vegetarians
  • Our beef and chicken gravies contain meat stock and fat / dripping to give that great gravy taste
  • Superior yield and bain-marie holding qualities
  • Freeze-thaw stable once made up

Premier Jus

  • The meaty taste, smooth mouth-feel and mirror like sheen of a traditional jus
  • Gluten free
  • Freeze-thaw stable
  • The perfect base for your reductions and sauces
  • Appropriate level of seasoning
  • 15 months shelf life
  • Alternative to costly sourcing, preparation and disposal of bones
  • Eliminates a sensitive area of HACCP / food safety


  • Versatile and ready to use – the ultimate combination of quality and convenience
  • Finest quality made with first class ingredients to achieve truly authentic tastes
  • Excellent holding qualities so no wastage or running out
  • Can be reheated, extended or finished to your own recipe

For recipe inspiration, visit our website

Street Food seasonings

  • Six of the world’s most distinctive flavour profiles: South Indian, North African, Zesty Chermoula, Spicy Persian, Dark Mexican, American BBQ and Peanut-free Satay
  • Shake, season, rub, marinade… the options are endless
  • Suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets
  • Free from declarable allergens*

Innovation Boxes

After the launch of our innovation boxes in 2020, we have helped to support and inspire hundreds of chefs across a multitude of business sectors during a particularly challenging time. 

Over the last six months, we have tailored these boxes seasonally, with a bespoke selection of samples and menu cards suited to the requirements of each caterer.

The latest range of boxes include, “education”, “the return of hospitality” and a nod to seasonality “summer BBQ and al fresco dining”.

Requesting a free box has never been easier, simply complete our sample request form.


Could your working kitchen benefit from a new pizza oven or grill? What about a smoker or commercial barbecue? Simply share your hero summer dish with us (containing Essential Cuisine ingredients or not!) to be in with the chance of winning. 

Our team of professional chefs will determine the winner based on innovation, seasonal ingredients, creativity and of course… taste!

Entering couldn’t be easier:

1. Visit

2. Attach your recipe

3. Describe what the prize would mean to you

4. Complete the address fields

5. Read the terms and conditions

Each entrant will automatically receive a “turn up the heat” innovation box, packed with product samples and recipe cards to inspire your future menus. 

Entries close on Monday 31st of May 2021, so what are you waiting for?


Contact us

Mark Wickens

Senior Business Manager

07795 462451