About Sous Chef
Sous Chef is the shop for people who love cooking! We are the place-to-be online for cooks and chefs – with ingredients, equipment, tableware and gifts inspired by leading restaurants and international food.
We are based in north London with a warehouse full of fabulous things, ready for next day delivery. Sous Chef ships to thousands of customers every week, from home cooks to some of the top Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe. Sous Chef’s innovative product range has been widely featured in the press, including the Observer Food Monthly, Vogue, The Independent, Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, Radio Times, Stylist, Shortlist, BBC Good Food, Delicious, Olive, Good Housekeeping and Homes & Gardens magazines.
I started Sous Chef together with my husband Nick in 2012. Working in a Michelin-starred kitchen, I had been cooking with amazing ingredients and wanted to make more widely available. So Sous Chef was born. And today we are still an independent family business. Every month we add hundreds of new products, inspired by leading restaurant menus, chefs we speak to, and our travels to producers around the world.
What We're About
From the world’s hottest chilli to France's finest preserves, the numbing heat of Sichuan pepper to the floral tang of Japanese yuzu juice, we’ve scoured the world to bring you ingredients which are bursting with flavour. And when we aren't able to find the best quality products in the right pack sizes for home cooks, we pack them all ourselves. Our unique peppers, for example, are sourced from a single harvest and region, enabling you to enjoy the unique flavour of that terroir.
All our own-branded ingredients are packed into hard-wearing plastic pots (a chef is rightly nervous of glass packaging in the kitchen), with wide mouths so – for more hands-on cooks – you can easily reach in with your fingers. Adding 'a pinch of this' or a 'handful of that' as you cook.
Try a new cuisine with our convenient cookbook and ingredient sets; taste the difference between the smoky-sweetness of a guajillo and the citrus heat of a piquin in our chilli selection; infuse cocktails or teas with our edible flowers; make authentic kimchi with Korean gochugaru chilli powder.
Bring theatre to your table with a Himalayan salt plate; try your hand at spherification with our molecular ingredients or infuse your dishes with smoke – let your creativity run wild!
We’ve tasted the ingredients, tested the equipment, served guests with our tableware and cooked from our cookbooks. We have the best jobs in the world! So if you need advice just give us a ring – we’re always happy to help.
You can browse recipes we've cooked with our ingredients in the Bureau of Taste here.
We work hard to bring you the best possible service. When you call us you won't listen to endless menus moving you between department. Instead you'll speak directly to someone who has cooked with our ingredients – or very occasionally leave a message for a call straight back if they've popped into the warehouse to check something for another customer.
We'd love to talk to you, whether you're a home cook, an artisan producer, a restaurant or a catering wholesaler. So please do get in touch.
Finally, our small team packs parcels with tremendous care, and they are usually sent the day the order is received. We know occasionally things can go wrong with an order, and if so we can often make it right by the very next day.
We want Sous Chef to make everyone a little bit happier. That might be through speaking to our lovely team, you guys enjoying our products, or through our commitment to the environment.
We are one of the first online retailers to work towards being single use plastic free in our shipping. Your parcel is packed with lots of recycled paper, so you can recycle it too! We don't sell foie gras, and we're constantly asking suppliers of any meat products to improve their sourcing.
We're steadily phasing out products that contain palm oil, even sustainable palm oil. You'll find ingredients listed on every product page on the website, but if it's something you're concerned about too, a good rule of thumb is to steer clear of southeast Asian seaweed snacks and Christmas puddings.