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Richard Halton (a.k.a. Mr H)

Job Role:

Service Manager


North West England


Richard joined the Classroom Kitchen Team in January 2022 and is our Service Manager. He has two grown-up children and lives in Wigan. Richard has worked in education for almost 20 years, as a classroom teacher and in leadership and consultancy roles. To relax, he listens to music, enjoys good food with friends and likes a stroll around the golf course.

One reason why you love working for Classroom Kitchen?

I love to see children’s ideas about food develop through the CK sessions. The hands-on experience of preparing the ingredients, discussing food likes and dislikes and then seeing children trying and enjoying new ingredients and dishes; so often followed by those wonderful words, “I’m going to make that at home!”

What is your favourite Classroom Kitchen Recipe?

Djerma Stew: It is the national dish if Niger and combines lots of ingredients, flavours and spices that children may not have seen or tasted before, and it is always a real success in the taste test.

What is your favourite cuisine?

Italian: I am a huge fan of pasta dishes including lasagne and ravioli. I love pizza of course, cannoli and gelato – my favourite flavour being Biscotti della Nonna (Grandma’s Biscuits).

What has been your favourite travel destination?

Sicily: It’s hot, sunny, you’re always close to the sea, the wonderful history, the food is amazing and you get a chance to practice your Italian!

Do you have a favourite football team?

I’m from Wigan so my sport is Rugby League: Wigan Warriors of course.

When driving to school – what is on the radio?

I like lots of different styles of music, so I like to listen to Spotify – Happy Mix: It has a really positive, feel good vibe.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

I like to spend time cooking meals for family and friends, playing golf, playing tennis, painting, photography and sitting in the garden.

Quickfire Round…

Marmite – love it or hate it?

Hate it!

Brown Sauce or Tomato Sauce?

…tough one…if I can only choose one it would have to be brown.

Sweet or Savoury?

…another tough one…again, if I had to choose, I would say sweet.

List three words to describe yourself?

Positive, helpful, adventurous

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to introduce you to our Classroom Kitchen Team. Next week, we’ll be heading across to Yorkshire to meet our fantastic teacher there… Miss Gilby!