The Essential Ingredient
Since then, five additional franchise stores have joined The Essential Ingredient family. Today the stores located in Albury, Canberra, Newcastle, Orange, Rozelle and Prahran continue to inspire with a comprehensive range of quality foods, cookware, culinary books and a growing number of cooking schools. In 2006, Syd Weddell commenced as Managing Director of The Essential Ingredient franchise group, with Peter Walmsley as General Manager. In 2011 Peter was welcomed as a part owner with Syd and together they lead the franchise company as directors.
The Essential Ingredient began in 1986 as a mail-order business run from the Glebe home of Don and Jan Hodgson. In 1990, the first Essential store opened in Camperdown, an inner-city suburb of Sydney. That same year, Syd and Susan Weddell opened The Vital Ingredient store in South Melbourne. On its relocation to Prahran Market, the store adopted The Essential Ingredient name.