Meet the team

Didar and Paula Dalkic – Owners

Husband and wife, Paula and Didar make an inspirational team. Having devoted themselves to the restoration of the derelict chapel now named Masa, they continue to work tirelessly to ensure their restaurant maintains its position as Derby’s finest dining venue. They have carved a reputation across the Midlands for their passion for food and for their love of the restaurant trade, and are proud to have put Derby firmly onto the UK’s culinary map.

Matt Gabbitas – Head Chef

I joined Masa 2014, and have been cooking for over 11 years. My culinary journey has taken me all over the country and Europe including spells in italy, working under a Michelin starred chef, and being the Executive Head Chef of a 4* Golf & Spa resort in North Yorkshire. I am passionate about food and take great inspiration from good quality ingredients, modern cooking techniques and empty plates coming back into the kitchen.

"Not many people in this life can say they enjoy their job, nevermind live, breathe, sleep and eat it!"

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Victoria Davis – Restaurant Manager


Victoria Davis has been with Masa since early 2016 and has 6 years of hospitality experience.