TV Chef reveals suicide bid as he launches Kitchen Therapy

Tyneside’s TV chef Matei Baran – who is providing Kitchen Therapy for people with mental health problems – has spoken for the first time about the time he tried to kill himself. Romanian-born Matei moved to the North East 10 years ago and has worked in the kitchens of a number of high-profile restaurants and…

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Dundas Market provides a Summer of Fun for all

Middlesbrough’s Dundas Indoor Market is offering a Summer of Fun for Teessiders of all ages. For younger visitors, and especially fans of Roald Dahl’s BFG, the market is one of the must-visit stops on Middlesbrough’s marvellous Book Benches Trail. Each part of the trail – which also goes to Middlesbrough Central Library, MIMA and Dorman…

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Middlesbrough has the right answers for Mariam’s ambitions

Middlesbrough is proving to be the right place for Mariam Kuna to pursue her ambitions in both education and business. She moved here three years ago to study Fashion part-time at Teesside University and is now opening a specialist hair salon, thanks to the help from Dundas Market’s Enterprise Scheme IM Hair Design will be…

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Behind the scenes look at Middlesbrough’s new office showpiece

Businesses and commercial property agents are being invited to a special behind the scenes look at Centre Square – Middlesbrough’s new showpiece office development. From 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday 24 July they will be able to meet the developer and architects behind a project which has created a “21st Century Business Destination”. Work on…

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First Feast by the Sea coming to Whitley Bay this weekend

The first of three new street food extravaganzas comes to Whitley Bay this weekend. Each free-to-enter Feast by the Sea will treat visitors to a taste of the best street food available in the UK. The Spanish City Plaza will be transformed into a spectacular festival site, with giant yurts, stretch tents, stalls, bars and…

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Football club’s foundation teams up with TV chef to provide Kitchen Therapy

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation has teamed up with a television chef to help a group of young adults address their problems with self-confidence and mental health through cooking. Kitchen Therapy is an eight-week course run by Matei Baran – a quarter finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals. The project will culminate with the trainees creating a…

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Cramlington students and staff race to raise money for cancer charities

One hundred students and staff at Cramlington Learning Village have raced 5K to raise cash for cancer charities. The money will go to Cancer Research and Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness which was started by Jessica Robson when she was a student at the school. Jessica was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was…

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Tragic teenager’s dream takes major step forward

A teenager’s dream to help young cancer patients and their families has taken a major step forward five years after her death. Jessica Robson, who lived in Cramlington, was just 14 when she was diagnosed with alveolar sarcoma – an extremely rare form of cancer. Despite her illness, Jessica started a charity from her sickbed…

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Free food festival makes Newcastle debut this weekend

A free food festival – which has been welcomed in North East towns for the past seven years – makes its first visit to Newcastle this weekend. Gosforth’s McCracken Park, the home of Northern Football Club, will be the venue for fourth and final Proper Food and Drink Festival of 2019. This summer the event…

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UK Chilli Queen beats newcomer in the heat of battle

One of the highlights of The Festival by the Sea – which attracted thousands of visitors to Meggies Burn Fields in Blyth over the weekend – was Rob Dumbrell’s Chilli Eating Competition. A dozen brave souls entered the eight-round contest which saw the heat level of chillis rise from jalapeno, via Trinidad Scorpion to the…

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