Tony Kocke, grew up in Germany and after serving an apprenticeship at Restaurant Papillon in Berlin he moved to London were he held positions at the Dorchester hotel and the Savoy Hotel. The thrill of South Africa enticed him to Durban in 1988 where he has worked at the Royal Hotel, the Durban Club and the Edward hotel. In 1991 his work led him to Johannesburg as executive chef for the Johannesburg Country Club, but soon returned to the United Kingdom and took up the a position of head chef of Harrys Bar in London and also experienced cooking on a cruise liner in the Caribbean.
1995 he returned to Germany as a private chef at the British embassy in Berlin. On returning to South Africa in 1999, he worked at the Commodore hotel and the Cullinan hotel in Cape Town before being offered a position at Sibaya in Umdloti, KwaZulu –Natal. Tony took up the reigns of the Beverly Hills on 1 November 2012.