Chef Matei Baran beings educational cookery workshops to Sunderland

06th Jul

TV chef and MasterChef contestant Matei Baran is bringing his Big Chef, Mini Chef to Sunderland this summer, with his educational cookery workshops for children taking place on selected Mondays during the six-week holidays.

Matei, owner of Posh Street Food in STACK, Seaburn, Posh Pop Ups, author of Big Chef Mini Chef and his private dining service, will be on hand to take the workshops, aiming to show that healthy cooking need not be boring.

After achieving an impressive 11-stone weight loss in 2019, Matei wanted to ensure that children learned from an early age how to cook nutritious, healthy, yet tasty meals themselves.

Big Chef Mini Chef – Cooking for Kids with Kids is a book stuffed with joy and inspiration, the star of the volume being Matei’s son, Armin, who has cystic fibrosis. This large-format book is inspired by and dedicated to Armin, and Matei has been working with children to create simple and appealing recipes to entice them into the kitchen and then to the table ever since.

The workshops, which will take place on Monday, July, 25, August 8, 15 and 22, and September 5, will be carried out at the restaurant in STACK from 10am-11am and bookings can be made via the Poshstreetfood by Chef Matei Baran Facebook page. There will be one adult required to stay with the children at all times and a maximum of 10 from ages six and upwards per class is allowed.

Matei said: “We’re incredibly proud to announce our latest workshops for children and, based on the interest so far, we plan to run a lot more of them in the future. With the economy as it is at the moment, it’s more important than ever to cook from scratch, and, as the workshops are free, to any child taking part, it means that parents don’t need to stress about the costs.”

The workshops promise children a fun, yet educational approach and, the best thing is, they get to eat what they produce.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the kitchen, Matei has a passion for sourcing unique and high-quality produce to create gastronomical treats for the senses and has worked with some of the best chefs the UK has to offer..

He said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming the children this summer, in what promises to be action-packed and fun-filled for all concerned. If kids learn to grow and cook things, then they will be more likely to eat them. Cooking is a life skill and healthy eating matters. We know how popular these workshops will be, so advice people to book early via our Facebook page, to avoid disappointment.”

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