Meet the Beales Gourmet Team

Meet the Office Team… Justin Cohen – Commercial Manager | Frankie Murphy – Wedding & Events Manager | Hannah Bentham – Senior Wedding & Events Coordinator | Alanna Betambeau & Rachel Cohen – Wedding & Events Coordinators | Lily French – Finance Manager 

Meet the Kitchen team… Ladislav Poustevnik – Head Chef | Thomas Hayes – Senior Sous Chef | Dave Basher & Chris Lewis – Sous Chefs | George Sluca – Head Porter |  Andrew Gale – Catering Assistant

Meet the Front of House team… Drew Illman – Operations Manager  |  Stephanie Raybould, Tom Harris & Marc Wilkins – Events Managers |  Shannon Willis – Senior Events Supervisor  |  Emily Larcombe, Robert Beaumont, Alex Kirby & Amanda Chu – Event Supervisors | Aaron Howorth & Charlie Dobson – Waiters 

Tony Beales

After training as a Chef at the local Bournemouth & Poole College, Tony spent 15 years working around the world as a chef in Michelin star restaurants, 5* hotels and private yachts before starting his own catering business in 2005. Although Tony is based in the office he works very closely with his Head Chef and Events Manger to develop and improve the overall service of the company. Tony can still be seen cooking at events, after all, cooking is his true passion… Tony has a number of awards under his belt, including ‘UK Young Chef of the Year’ 1995,  ‘Dorset Businessman of the Year 2015’, ‘Dorset’s Entrepreneur of the year 2013’ runner up, Dorset’s ‘Best Wedding Caterer 2013’, Dorset’s ‘Best Wedding Venue 2013’ and Dorset’s ‘Best Wedding Business’ 2013.

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Our Recipe for Success


  • 1 team of dedicated, professional staff
  • Focused & helpful management
  • Good measure of training
  • Unlimited commitment to our customers
  • Heaps of passion
  • A strong dose of teamwork
  • Plenty of attention to detail
  • As much job satisfaction as possible
  • A constant drizzle of positivity
  • 1 extra mile


Employ one team of dedicated and professional staff. Build layers of focused helpful managers and set aside to infuse. When ready, add a good measure of outstanding training and mix in a constant drizzle of positivity. Pour in heaps of passion and an unlimited commitment to our customers and simmer gently all year long.

Build the dish on a strong base of teamwork and always remember to stir in plenty of attention to detail. Before serving extract as much job satisfaction as possible.

Finally, display as a well presented and professional team and decorate by always going the extra mile… En voila!

The end result

Always exceeding customer’s expectations in every aspect of our service; no matter how big or small the event, or requirements of the customer… Indulge yourself; life ALWAYS tastes better with us!

Rebecca - Wedding at Lulworth Castle

The Beales team were definitely a huge help in making the day run as smoothly as it did. The food was superb, we had several people come up to top table during dinner to say not only was it the best meal they have ever had at a wedding but also some of the best lamb they have ever had! People are still talking about the meal! We are so pleased we chose you as our caterers, you have been a pleasure to deal with from day one and delivered an excellent meal and service on the day.

Mr & Mrs G - Wedding at Highcliffe Castle

Thank you guys so much for your tireless efforts at our wedding on Saturday: I've lost count of how many people said its the best food they've ever had at a wedding! We knew the food was going to be great, but it was the service that really impressed us. Like culinary ninjas you were there when we needed anything, but vanished like smoke the moment we didn't. Vanessa was amazing: even if we went to her with something not Beales related it was immediately sorted with no fuss. Thanks also to the people behind the scenes we didn't see. We couldn't possibly have had a better wedding.

Ruth, Louisa, Tyler and all the family - Wedding at Lulworth Castle Courtyard

The professionalism from your staff made the day utterly seamless along with the day before when we/they were setting up which went very smoothly including a few giggles along the way. They are all to be commended. Now the food... FABULOUS, need I say more? Well, I will as it really was delicious the hog roast was mouth watering as was the super lemon dessert and again the service was superb.

Vanessa - Wedding at Sopley Mill

We had an incredible day and were so impressed with both the food and service we received from the Beales staff. We also had many comments from guests on the quality of the food. Our guests with dietary requirements were especially impressed and said they felt so included and that quiet often gluten free foods etc at weddings werent great but that their food was superb at our wedding!!

Ana & Peter Veash - Wedding at Lulworth Castle

We can't thank you enough for being part of the happiest day of our lives and make it super special with your touch. Our wedding was absolutely perfect and it wouldn't have been the same without the delicious food and wonderful service from Beales Gourmet. Our guests couldn't shut up about how excellent their dishes were!

Hannah & James

We wanted to say a big thank you to Beales Gourmet and the staff. Both of us work in hospitality when we're not acting so we really appreciate the work that goes into this.

The food was fantastic and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful really making the day go smoothly!

Thanks once again.

Hannah and James

Louise & Stuart

Thank you to you and all the team… you all worked so hard to give us the most special of wedding days and the outcome was outstanding! The food was just incredible and all our guests couldn’t stop raving about it. In fact they’re still talking about it now! All the staff on the day worked so very hard and I have to say that Matt was just fantastic. We didn’t have to think or be concerned about anything……he managed the whole day for us and can’t thank you all enough. You guys are awesome!

Claire Collins

The wedding of James and Hannah Collins at Lulworth Castle was a fantastic day and, in our opinion, could not have been bettered in any way! This was made possible by the fantastic food and service provided by Beales Gourmet Ltd. Taking into account the difficult working environment in which food was produced, it was delivered hot to the table and beautifully presented. The waiting staff were both polite and professional, and nothing was too much trouble.

Matt is an asset to you and ensured that the whole day and evening flowed so smoothly. Throughout the whole evening many guests passed comment on the high standard of service that they had received. There will not be any hesitation in recommending you in the future. Once again, thank you for helping to make the day so magical...