TV Chef and MFC Foundation take Kitchen Therapy to East Cleveland

A free project which helps groups of people overcome problems with their self-esteem by cooking together has been launched in East Cleveland. Kitchen Therapy has been developed by TV Master Chef quarter finalist Matei Baran and Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation. Their first course, which took place at Middlesbrough College last year, resulted in half the…

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TV Chef’s life transformed by Kitchen Therapy

The return of MasterChef: The Professionals to our television screens has brought back bittersweet memories for one of its former contestants. Reaching the quarter-finals in 2016 was a dream come true for Matei Baran. It was the third time he had attempted to get on the show – beating competition from 4,000 other chefs and…

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Big Chef to become Iron Chef after Kitchen Therapy success

The success of a cooking course to promote mental well-being and self-confidence has inspired both the people who took part and the man behind it – television MasterChef quarter finalist Chef Matei Baran. Over 12 weeks Matei – who lives in Wallsend and is known as the Big Chef – taught the trainees how to…

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Master Chef Matei on TV again

Thanks to reporter Stuart Whincup for his piece about Kitchen Therapy which ran on BBC Look North last night. The Kitchen Therapy project, which Matei started with the help of Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation and Middlesbrough College, has made quite an impact in the North East media.  As well as Look North, the story has…

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Kitchen Therapy cooks make their debut at Riverside

Trainee cooks, who are taking part in an innovative course to improve their mental well-being, have passed their first public test with flying colours. They prepared tasty pre-match snacks for partners of the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation who gathered at the Riverside ahead of Boro’s friendly against St Etienne. The course – Kitchen Therapy –…

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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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