TV chef hopes 11 stones weigh loss will inspire others

A TV chef who in 2019 lost a staggering 11 stones in weight hopes his story will inspire others in the New Year. Matei Baran topped 28 stones when he reached the quarter finals of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2016. He revelled in the nickname of Big Chef, even though his morbid obesity was causing…

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TV Masterchefs team up for special fund-raising event

Two TV MasterChef quarter finalists are teaming up next month to raise money for research into a life limiting disease. Matei Baran, who appeared on the show in 2016, and last year’s contestant Max Gott are creating a luxury five course tasting menu for diners at Max’s restaurant – Bistro Forty Six in Jesmond –…

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Big Chef overcomes legal battle to publish book

Big Chef Matei Baran has overcome a legal battle with the owner of a defunct motorway restaurant chain to publish a book in honour of his son. Six-year-old Armin suffers from the life-limiting disease cystic fibrosis and to stay well he has to swallow dozens of tablets every day, take regular exercise and eat a…

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TV Master Chef back in the kitchen after legal battle

A TV Master Chef is back in the kitchen after a legal battle to give  students a taste of what’s to come when his charity cookbook is published later this month. Matei Baran’s inspiration for the project has been his six-year-old son Armin who suffers from the life-limiting illness cystic fibrosis.  The book features healthy…

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