Little Chef threaten to sue dad over name of charity cook book

A dad has been forced to change the name of a book he wrote for his son after Little Chef threatened him with legal action. Matei Baran, 40, was inspired by Armin, six, who was born with cystic fibrosis, to create the ‘Big Chef Little Chef’ recipe book. 

The book encourages parents to cook restaurant style meals with their children and Matei planned to give the profits to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

But he has now been forced to change its name after the roadside restaurant chain, which closed in January 2018, complained that he was using their ‘Little Chef’ trademark.

Matei, a professional chef who reached the quarter final of BBC show MasterChef in 2016, said he offered to acknowledge Little Chef in his book as a sponsor but had the offer rejected. 

The book, which is set to be launched at the end of the month, will now have to be published under the name ‘Big Chef Mini Chef’ as Matei cannot afford to fight against the business in court. The dad-of-one, from Wallsend, North Tyneside, said: ‘My main inspiration behind the book is my son. ‘He’s my life, my hero. I want to leave a legacy for him in the future.

‘He had quite a rough start to his life. He’s had three operations in total. ‘I wanted to show my thanks to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust because they have been so supportive with Armin. When he was in hospital, they supported us with money. It was very kind.

‘I’m really upset, I am disappointed as it something for the kids. ‘It’s such a shame because the name was working perfect and in my opinion doesn’t affect Little Chef. ‘If I had money I would fight against it but it is very expensive. I’m not doing it for my own publicity or gain, it’s for charity. It’s for kids and everyone to enjoy.’ 

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