Richard Beatty is the face you don’t see very often behind the very popular Polpo restaurants. Whenever you see anyone photographed or interviewed in connection with the Polpo restaurants it tends to be co founder Russell Norman. Richard is the other co-owner, the man behind the scenes. Even google searching Richard Beatty you get a lot of headlines that start with: “Russell Norman…..”. Russell is the chef and the designer behind the popular Venetian chain but Richard provided the very necessary cash to get it all up and running. And, having photographed both of the owners Richard is the one that brings the smiles and Russell brings a little more attitude to the shoots. Richard is chilled, easy going and likes a good laugh. One of his best friends is Russell and his wife is the very well known chef Florence knight, but he is no chef himself. Not a bad deal as far as I see it; avoid the stress and unsocial hours of being a chef but enjoy the good food and sociable life style. No wonder Richard is the one smiling on the shoots.