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Essential Cuisine

Essential Cuisine

Essential Cuisine, creator of kitchen-made tasting stocks, jus, demi-glace and gravy, has had a number of its products approved by the Craft Guild of Chefs' endorsement scheme.

These includes its signature beef jus, premier jus and stock mix range.

Each now proudly displays the coveted Product Endorsement logo on its label, reassuring professional chefs of their superior quality and taste, and that they are ‘fit for purpose’.

Managing director of Essential Cuisine, Nigel Crane, said: “We are not the biggest, most prolific brand out there in foodservice, which is why this endorsement is so important, demonstrating to professional chefs just how good we are.

“Over the past year, we’ve spent a lot of time in commercial kitchens, showing chefs the difference between what we do and what our competitors do and they have been genuinely surprised and impressed, resulting in many a coup for us in what has been an amazing year.”

While all three ranges received the stamp of approval, there were particular areas of sparkling praise for each. Essential Beef Stock, for example, was commended for its ‘excellent colour and taste, almost like consomme’, while the range’s colour coded packaging benefit in a busy kitchen was ‘good’.

Premier Jus in lamb, veal and chicken was meanwhile 'above expectation’, according to the high ranked judges. “They boiled without skimming or lumping and maintained flavour and consistency even after being cooled and refrigerated and then re-boiled for the next service, with excellent results,” they concluded. “It is an exceptional product,” said one.

Essential’s Signature Beef Jus was also praised for its “full body, strong flavour and nice, thick consistency”. Due to its liquid form, the taste would also be consistent “time after time”.

The Craft Guild of Chefs’ Endorsement Programme enables food manufacturers to test existing products and those under development using leading chefs from across the hospitality industry - establishing whether products are ‘fit for purpose’.

Full list of Essential Cuisine approved products is as below:

  • Beef Glace
  • Chicken Glace
  • Duck Glace
  • Game Glace
  • Lamb Glace
  • Lobster Glace
  • Pork Glace
  • Veal Glace
  • Vegetable Mirepoix Glace
  • Wild Mushroom Glace

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Approved Eurilait products are as below:

  • Merci Chef Goat Cheese Log ( 1 kg Shell Pack )
  • Paysan Breton Cream Cheese with Beetroot
  • Paysan Breton Cream Cheese with Garlic and Herb
  • Paysan Breton Cream Cheese Plain
  • Paysan Cream Cheese with Sea Salt
  •  Paysan Breton Natural Spreadable Cream Cheese – Creamy Blue
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Eurilait’s Goat Log

Eurilait’s Goat Log

Eurilait’s range of Soignon goat cheese logs have achieved an above average rating under the Craft Guild of Chefs Product Endorsement Scheme, enabling use of the esteemed ‘Approved Product’ logo.

During the testing, all three chefs unanimously agreed that the goat cheese logs were of superior quality and that they would be happy to continue using them. Made by the award-winning Soignon goat cheese producers in the heart of France’s Poitou-Charentes region, the goat cheese log range benefits from over 100 years of cheese-making experience, heritage and tradition and offers an excellent flavour profile, a soft and creamy texture with a clean, white appearance and a mild, fresh aroma.

At a recent blind sampling with the Craft Guild of Chefs, 62% said they preferred the flavour of Soignon goat cheese, compared to an alternative market leading brand, with many stating it had ‘a better goat flavour’ and was ‘more creamy’ than the competitor.

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Eurilait’s Natural Spreadable Cheese

Eurilait’s Natural Spreadable Cheese

Newly launched for the foodservice sector, Eurilait’s range of Natural Spreadable Cream Cheeses from the Paysan Breton brand is accredited as a Craft Guild of Chefs ‘approved product’.

The varieties in the range include a rich and creamy Plain Cheese, an aromatic Cream Cheese with Garlic & Herbs and a Whipped Cream Cheese with Sea Salt, which offers a unique, aerated texture and an exceptionally fresh taste with a hint of salt. All are available in 2kg tub format.

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Hellmann’s vinaigrettes


Unilever’s new Hellmann’s vinaigrettes are the latest food products to receive the Craft Guild’s endorsement.

Aimed at adding a twist to the salad dressings sector, they have been described as “the perfect alternative to scratch made vinaigrettes”.

The five strong range includes: balsamic vinaigrette with acacia honey and ginger; citrus vinaigrette with lemon juice from Murcia; raspberry vinaigrette with blackcurrant juice; sesame soy vinaigrette with roasted sesame seeds.

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