Monday, 5 May 2014

Beatons Bod: Harry Mcgookin

Harry Mcgookin doing what he loves best
This is the first of our monthly 'Beatons Bod' blog posts. We strongly believe that valuing the individual is necessary for people to feel heard and nourished - we think it adds to our integrity and also contributes to our success and staff retention. You may not yet have visited us, but these posts will introduce you to each member of our team so you can get to know them a bit better - even online!

Harry Mcgookin - yes we think it's a pretty cool name too - is a cook at Beatons Bookshop and Tearooms Tisbury. He's been with the business since it first started in 2011 and likes making food that customers really enjoy...

He answers a few questions and we hope his smiling face tells you what he thinks about his job!

1. What's your favourite edible or drinkable from the Beatons' menu?
The lamb and lentil stew is my favourite hot dish and the scones are my favourite sweet treat.

2. How about a particular book you like to dip into from the shelves?

The fun is in the discovering! No particular one, but there are some great cooking books, and I'm a fan of the geography and history sections.

3. Which of the three ways we do what we do - with 'sparkle', 'elegance' and 'gracious hospitality' means most to you and why?

Gracious hospitality because its all about the personal attention that I try to give every customer that comes through the door - whether it be through giving my dishes the personal touch, or me helping front of house and greeting customers coming in.

4. Over the next year, what is the most exciting project in your life - at work or outside?

I play tennis so I'm really trying to improve my game this year.

5. Can you share a practical tip for our online audience?

Yes! Before putting scones in the over make sure the mixture is as cool as it can be, because it helps them to rise better.

There we are... a great tip to end our first interview on . Anyone for scones?