Pretty greens to adorn Michelin plates

‘Chefs love them because the flavour is very concentrated – they use them for taste and decoration’ says Microgreens producer Chris Kilner

Microgreens can be found adorning plates in many top eateries. The Connexion meets a leading producer of these exquisite small leaves – an Englishman in the Auvergne

Microgreens have arrived in France. Michelin starred chefs are adding them to their gourmet dishes, city growers are discovering they are the ideal urban crop and you can easily buy kits to grow them at home.

Englishman Chris Kilner was one of the first to introduce them to chefs.

He grows them at his home at Saint-Jean-en-Val, near Issoire in the Auvergne and makes regular deliveries to around 60 gastronomic chefs in the region, of which several are in the Michelin guides – eight with stars, eleven rated Bib Gourmand and twenty-two Assiette Michelin.

His business came about almost by accident. After several years as a robotics specialist in the high-tech start-up world in Paris, he craved a rural lifestyle and began growing microgreens as an experiment for his wife at his home in Puy-de-Dôme.

He offered some to a local restaurant, who loved them and Radix.fr developed from there.

He thinks he might have been the first producer in France, and reckons there are now ...

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