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Essential Cuisine

Sector support


From schools to colleges, this sector means catering for a diverse age group with a wide range of nutritional and dietary needs.

We understand the pressure and responsibility of catering for young children and the importance of a well-balanced diet in the development stages in a young persons life. We also recognise the increasingly diverse needs of our multi-cultural population and the varied tastes of children in schools in the UK.

Many products within our range contain no declarable allergens^ and are manufactured in our gluten free factory in Cheshire. We can even provide you with a range of Halal products which have been accredited by the Halal Food Authority (HFA) since 2010.

Our team of chefs are on hand to provide you with support and advice on using our range of products as part of your menu development, showing how they can control costs and reduce preparation time.

Here to help:

  • Manufactured in the UK
  • Product training and support
  • Cost control and waste reduction
  • Superior yields
  • Recipes to suit many dietary requirements
  • All our products are gluten free
  • All stocks meet DOH salt guidelines 2017

^These products do not contain declarable allergens under the EU regulation 1169/2011 (AnnexII)


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We have such good support from Essential Cuisine.
We’ve been using Essential Cuisine since 2012. If we are ever worried about any of their products, we just make a phone call and they talk us through exactly what is in the product.
Sue Brady, Sue Brady Catering - School Caterer Provider, Wiltshire
I can really tell the difference in quality from stocks I have worked with in the past.
The focus Essential Cuisine has put on removing allergens from its stocks has been a huge help - this gives us real peace of mind in the kitchen.
Mark Coombs - Felsted School, Essex

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