From serving James Bond to the people of Daventry, we chat to Ricky Singh Hayer, owner of Kitchen.
What was your background before opening Kitchen?
“I come from a catering background and my Dad used to run the Swiss Cottage and Wheatsheaf, both in Daventry. I went to Uni in Liverpool, worked in Portugal for a while and the Half Way House in Crick before opening a ‘streetfood’ van based near Howdens in Daventry.”
What inspired you to open Kitchen?
“I had always wanted my own place and the opportunity for this building came up and I thought it was a great fit. We opened in 2018 and have built up a lovely customer base and I feel we’re now well established.”
How has coronavirus affected your business and what are your plans for the future?
“Our deliveries have increased dramatically and one of our most popular items is our breakfast in a box which we’re serving from 8.30am until 2.30pm. When we reopen for dining in customers, we’ll continue with our deliveries but I’d like to do more corporate buffets as well. We’re also available for private hire and we’ll explore the possibility of early evenings too.”
What do you do in your spare time?
“Most of my customers will know I’m a huge Liverpool fan and I love travelling, as well as Europe I’ve been to some great places in the US, India, Thailand as well as the Middle East.”
Tell us one thing people might not know about you
“I used to work in the VIP restaurant at Pinewood Studios and have served the likes of Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe, the crew from Dragons Den and of course, I’ve not shaken but stirred pot’s of tea for Roger Moore”
For a buy one get one free hot drink offer, please show this page and say the phrase “stirred, not shaken” when ordering at Kitchen.
(One offer per customer, promotion ends on Monday 15th March)