Having been a firm fixture of popular Darby Street, Cooks Hill for 11 years, The Essential Ingredient was ready for a makeover. Further to the refurbishment of Junction Fair, Leonie saw an exciting opportunity and the business took up residence within the Junction Fair Shopping Centre. The new store comprised of a delicatessen, cheese counter, a large cooking school, along with their extensive cookware and specialty ingredients retail outlet.
Born into a family with a passion for all thing food, Leonie was introduced to a variety of culinary delights and cuisines form an early age. Frustrated with not being able to source a wide variety of food products locally, and inspired by “doing something that would truly make you happy”, Leonie opened her first store and soon after decided to join The Essential Ingredient family as a franchisee!
When you walk through the doors of the store, their range of products is unmatchable in Newcastle. We asked Leonie what her favourite product was, to which she replied:
“It’s like asking which one is your favourite child! But I guess if it’s one product that I couldn’t imagine living without, it would be vinegar. From French champagne vinegar to Italian balsamic vinegar or Spanish Cava vinegar, they each have a place in my kitchen, and don’t get me started on Vincotto! Gosh I’m a nerd!”
The Essential Ingredient team’s knowledge of their products is second-to-none; whether your looking for new cookware, browsing for inspiration for that next culinary delight or simply craving some deli treats, the team will steer you in the right direction!
“Developing our food offer is our main goal. As importers of a large range of products, we can guarantee quality. Our cheese selection and knowledge is second-to-none in Newcastle. Our staff are passionate foodies and are willing to talk food, entertainment and gift giving with anyone who will stop long enough! We will continue to source products that are not available anywhere else and work with artesian producers of both food products, kitchenware and tableware.”
Monday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Closed Public Holidays