Seasonal Produce to Plate

How Good Nature becomes good food

Focus on the process

Kained Holdings have been leading the way in showing how a focus on produce, process and a healthy dose of perfectionism can unite a group of restaurants with very unique identities.

From Lebowski’s to Porter and Rye, the group is constantly enriching the Scottish restaurant and bar scene with new ideas and Seasonal Produce is proud to work with them. We went down to see Rodney Jones, Executive Chef at The Finnieston in Glasgow and get a closer look at our produce in action.

“Fresh, seasonal
produce tastes better”

Rodney let us see him take our fresh produce to the plate by making a pumpkin and ginger risotto for us. The simple list of ingredients (pumpkin, ginger, shallots and garlic) belie the complex flavours of the final dish.

We talked about the benefits of working closely with suppliers and how this fits the ethos of Kained Holdings. For Rodney, working with quality suppliers produces quality food: “fresh, seasonal produce tastes better, sweeter and it’s often less expensive”. From this basis Rodney and his team work with the seasons to produce a varied menu throughout the year, always bursting with flavour.

Attention to detail

At The Finnieston, as with it’s sister restaurants, the focus is on quality. To achieve this they have developed excellent relationships with their suppliers and work closely to know the journey of all produce from “farm to fork”. We recently took two of the owners of Kained Holdings out to one of our farm suppliers to see our produce first-hand. This attention to detail and love of what they do shows in the final product, and also goes some way to explaining their consistent success.

We had a great time with Rodney seeing this ethos in action. His passion for excellent produce and talent turning this into stunning food is one of the reasons we love what we do. The final dish was perfect example of the season; warming, sweet and full of flavour for the wintery months. We can’t wait to go back!

With thanks to Kained Holdings for letting us come and see what they do up close.

For more on Kained Holdings and their work visit:
Check out The Finnieston here (or even better, go and eat there!).

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