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submited Tue 29 Nov, 2016

29th November, NEWCASTLE, UK. Jurys Inn Newcastle is preparing to support its Head Chef extraordinaire, Matei Baran, who this week will be appearing on the BAFTA-winning MasterChef: The Professionals on BBC Two.


This week sees the final round of heats, where Matei will be put to the test, scrutinised and pushed to stretch his skills to achieve a whole new level of cooking – all in the name of gastronomic glory.


Matei Baran, who has been Head Chef at Jurys Inn Newcastle for two years, only started cooking in 2009, when he moved to the UK from Romania.


“I didn’t even know what a prawn cocktail was a few years ago, and now I’m competing to win the title of MasterChef: The Professionals – one of the biggest accolades in the restaurant industry.” commented Matei.


He continued “Having applied to the show a couple of times, this year I finally managed to get through – it’s such an honour to cook for some of the very best chefs in the country, including Marcus Wareing.”


But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Matei who, only one day before his first appearance in the MasterChef studio, broke two of his fingers in a Jurys Inn charity football match.


“Cooking in the MasterChef kitchen the very next day was difficult to say the least!” added Matei.


Gary Taylor, General Manager of Jurys Inn Newcastle commented “We are 100% behind Matei, and can’t wait to watch him on MasterChef: The Professionals this week. We know how incredibly talented he is, so we hope Marcus, Monica and Gregg see that for themselves and we hope he can go all the way.”


Two Michelin-starred British chef Marcus Wareing and highly-reputed chef, Monica Galetti, are joined by celebrated MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace, to form the formidable judging team on the UK’s most prestigious cooking competition. Together, they lead the search to discover the chef with the talent, dedication, taste and flair to earn the coveted title of MasterChef: The Professionals champion.


Monica Galetti said: “I cannot wait to see what these chefs can do this series. This is a huge opportunity and they’re going to have to be at the very top of their game to stay in the competition.”


Marcus Wareing added: “This is a fierce contest and I’m expecting it to bring out some incredible cooking from these chefs. I’m looking forward to seeing them flourish under the pressure.”




Matei Baran will appear on MasterChef: The Professionals on 30th November, 8pm on BBC Two


MasterChef: The Professionals airs Tuesdays to Thursdays, 8pm on BBC Two


For further information please contact 020 3195 3400

Or for MasterChef enquiries please contact: Plank PR on 020 8995 3936 or /

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