Celebrated chef cooking up a storm at Darlington Market

An exciting new outlet is set to open at Darlington Market. Critically acclaimed Chef Matei Baran is set to open an artisanal continental style deli at the venue, the latest in a series of announcements which will complete phase three of the site’s redevelopment in the coming months.

The deli will take up a large central unit at the market and feature seating for customers at the counter. Produce will include continental cheeses, meats, olives, humus and other types of meze, which can be served on site or packed to take away and eat at home.

The opening adds to the already exciting food offer, with Urban Deli opening at Darlington Market late in 2023, focussing on British produce, mainly from the local area.

Chef Matie Baran said: “Being a chef isn’t just a job for me; it’s a lifelong love affair with food. I have the privilege of transforming raw ingredients into edible art, creating experiences that touch people’s lives. From intimate gatherings to grand celebrations, I take pride in crafting menus that reflect the unique personalities and tastes of my clients, delivering an experience that goes beyond expectations.”

“I can see the vision for what Darlington Market is becoming and it’s very exciting to be a part of that. After discussing it in depth with the Market Asset Management team, I know that they share the same passion as I do for good food and its ability to bring communities together.”

Cllr Chris McEwan, cabinet member for economy, Darlington Borough Council said: “Darlington is a thriving, vibrant and successful town. We are working hard to encourage new independent businesses to join our growing local economy and phase three of the market redevelopment opens-up an exciting range of opportunities for people looking to launch or relocate their business in the town. The indoor market brings retail, hospitality and leisure together under one roof, and is much used and enjoyed by local residents and visitors. Over recent months there’s been a number of traders showing interest in the market and we are delighted that Mattei, who already owns a street food restaurant in the town, has decided to continue expanding his business here. We’re looking forward to welcoming more traders to this first-class facility between now and Spring, when works are set to be completed.”

Chef Matei Baran has more than 25 years’ experience in the kitchen and is no stranger to Darlington, having already opened an eatery on Skinnergate. He has previously found fame on Masterchef: The Professionals and has worked alongside some of the best chefs in the UK.