Richard Halton (a.k.a. Mr H)
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.
Marmite – love it or 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