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Catermatch Solutions Limited
Adrian Taberner

Adrian Taberner
Company Director & Senior Consultant

Involved in the Industry since leaving school. Three years at Leigh/Wigan Catering College, 7+ years as a chef (Manchester, London & Europe), Hospitality Business Degree (Leeds) and finally Hospitality & Catering Recruitment Manchester. Totally passionate and dedicated to identifying new exciting talent and assisting in career progression. Adrian has built excellent business relationships with prolific leaders within the Industry, providing loyal, professional and honest recruitment practice.

Catermatch Solutions was created by Adrian Taberner in 2003 and the company has since gone from strength to strength.

We are able to offer a range of recruitment solutions to a wide range of kitchen, catering & hospitality environments seeking competent employees:, first and foremost because we listen. Our understanding of the hospitality and catering industry enables us to recognise exactly what both clients and candidates want, and our passionate commitment to matching the right people to the right positions is what has made us so successful at what we do.

Catermatch Solutions works with a large number of advertising media which predominantly attracts business and candidates through advertising on the internet or with ‘Industrial’ publications. The database continues to grow daily, recording information and data on both clients and candidates. We keep in close contact with career driven managers & directors, industry related graduates and newly qualified chefs, and we build strong, long- lasting relationships with our business clients and peers.

We pride ourselves on being a relatively small independent company with a growing market presence.

As our Client base continues to grow across the UK we are increasingly reacting to market changes and regional differences. At Catermatch Solutions we aim to be flexible and to offer a service to each client that reflects their business strengths and expectations.

History   expand  

Catermatch Solutions began life in 2003 and the company has grown ever since. Managed by Adrian Taberner, Rob Walmsley and the Team, we are a leading Hospitality & Catering Recruiter within Manchester and the North of England.

Adrian started his career as a chef. He completed Catering College at a young age gaining his necessary catering qualifications and went on to use his skills to travel Europe before settling down in the big smoke of London. Adrian moved up the ranks, and it's fair to say he worked and played hard. Adrian went on to complete an Honours Degree in Hospitality and Business Management from Leeds Met University in 1998, focusing on Recruitment in the Hospitality Industry. Adrian moved to Manchester in 1999 to join the Berkeley Scott team where he was caught by the vibrant business of inner city catering & hospitality recruitment.

Adrian, always preferring to be his own boss, left Berkeley Scott after four and a half years with fond memories and set up on his own. The risk of starting his own business and the pure belief in his vision motivated and pushed him forward to establishing a company that was soon proving to be a great success. Catermatch Solutions became a limited company in 2007.

The Permanent Chef Division was the initial Catermatch business, which was predicted to grow steadily over a five year time scale. Within three years the Permanent Division was demonstrating that it was going to exceed the projected growth and it became apparent that it was the right time to set up a Temporary Chef Division and also to concentrate more in the Managerial & Senior sectors within the hospitality industry.

The Temporary Chef Division was created in March 2007 and the Management & Senior Division was set up soon afterwards, both desks are proving to exceed our anticipated growth and are expanding daily.

We put the success of Catermatch Solutions down to the company's basic approach to developing honest relationships with our clients, we are aware that we are only as good as the relationships we build.

We pride our self on being a relatively small independent company with a growing market presence. Catermatch Solutions is situated in the North West of England and we are constantly impressed and thrilled at the quality of local independent restaurants, hotels, pub's, cafes and all classification of eatery's in this part of the world.

As our Client base continues to grow across the UK we are increasingly reacting to market changes and regional differences. At Catermatch Solutions we aim to be flexible and to offer a service to each client that reflects their market presence and strengths.

Who we work with

We work with an extensive range of businesses, from luxury hotels and restaurants to pubs and conference centres across the UK who are looking for professional hospitality staff. We can supply staff for all areas of your business, from General Managers, Head Chefs and Bar Managers to Floors Supervisors and Bartenders.

Our Team Members

Rob Walmsley

Rob Walmsley
Senior Recruitment Consultant

Rob started his career at the age of 15 pot washing and helping prepare sides and vegetables in a local pub. Upon leaving school Rob decided that college was the way forward and gained his NVQ 1, 2 and 3 in Catering and Hospitality and has recently finished his NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Recruitment and IOR Certificate in Recruitment Practice making him a Member of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, Diploma in Recruitment Practice.

His last chef position was as Sous Chef in a Country Inn with rooms, leading a team of 6 Chefs cooking all fresh produce. Having struggled for many years with a bad hip, he finally listened to the doctor’s advice and came out of the kitchen and joined Catermatch in July 2006. Rob manages our clients in the North of England, fine dining, Gastro, Restaurants and Hotels, with or without accolades.

Rob is food obsessed and loves dining out and keeping up with the latest food trends.

Zoe Edmonds

Zoe Edmonds
Client Accounts & Credit Control

Zoe successfully completed a university degree and continued with further education to gain a master's degree. Zoe manages client accounts and credit control.

Watch out if Zoe contacts you, she will probably be after money. Zoe is now a full time Mum and enjoys the freedom that an office job provides to family time.

Ross Hood

Ross Hood
Recruitment Consultant

Ross has been in the hospitality industry for 20 years. He started working part time at the age of 16 for an outside catering company in South Africa where he was raised. He attended Lancaster & Morecambe College for 3 years and gained an NVQ level 3 in kitchen & Business management. He worked in the USA for a year before moving back to the UK. Ross has worked at Northcote Manor, De Vere Mottram Hall, Albert's Shed/ Dukes 92, Couture and Holroyd Howe. Ross has had an association with Catermatch Solutions for 4 years before joining the office in September 2013.

Alison Bray

Alison Bray
Bookkeeper & Accountant

Working directly with the Catermatch accountants' team, Alison seriously knows her numbers. Alison deals with Payroll, PAYE, Invoices, cash flow and accounts. She is bubbly and outgoing, enjoying the best of family life with her husband and son; including travelling, music festivals and camping!

Sasha Illona Larkin

Sasha Illona Larkin
Temporary Recruitment Consultant

Sasha gained a Btec National Diploma in Hotel Catering & Institutional Operations at Nelson & Colne Catering Collage and started her career with private hotel properties, before moving to Macdonald Hotels. Sasha left to become General Manager of a family run Hotel were her team gained a Bib Gourmand. After starting a family, Sasha joined Catermatch Solutions in accounts before moving on and retraining to become an NVQ assessor.

Her latest adventure before returning back to Catermatch Solutions, was to complete two back to back tours of duty in Afghanistan providing hospitality and welfare facilities for the troops in a sometimes challenging, hostile and resource-less environments.

Sasha Illona Larkin

Roshan Kumar
Recruitment Consultant

Roshan has been in hospitality for over 20 years, graduating in Hotel Management and Economics from Oxford Brookes University. Having started his career at the Midland Hotel Manchester as part of the graduate program, he has enjoyed roles as Food & Beverage Controller, through to Regional Support Manager and Conference and Events Manager for Hilton Gatwick Airport, De Vere Mottram Hall, Marriott Hotels, Travel Inn and The Lowry Hotel. Roshan enjoys acting in his spare time and holds the belief that ‘every front of house position is a stage, and every shift a performance’!