For three months at the end of last year, The Food Game popped up in Ringsend. The food was sensational and utterly unlike anywhere else in town: hints of middle eastern, wildly healthy and with huge depth of flavour. It was small enough that you could easily peep over the counter and see what Richard was up to. He was picking up rave notices and awards which seemed ludicrous after such a short space of time, including being on Catherine Cleary’s “best in 2012” in the Irish Times. Tasting his food, it was not surprising that his last two places of work were in London at Ottolenghi and with Skye Gengall at Petersham Nurseries. He is planning to open his own restaurant, but in the meantime, we have been happy to take him on. His passion, his feel for contemporary food and his gentle teaching style have already him a huge hit with the students. He is like a fresh mediterranean wind through the school.