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Glynn Purnell Partners with Leading College to Launch Search for Two Culinary Stars

Glynn Purnell Partners with Leading College to Launch Search for Two Culinary Stars photo

Glynn Purnell has teamed up with South and City College Birmingham and is searching for two young apprentices who will work with him at his fine dining restaurant Purnell’s and the newly opened Purnell’s Bistro on Newhall Street.

16-24 year olds are being invited to apply for an 11 week Introduction to Cookery course at South and City College Birmingham, where they will learn the basic principles of professional cookery. Glynn Purnell who was once an apprentice himself will mentor the students during the course, with each student having the opportunity to spend time at his Michelin starred restaurant Purnell’s in Birmingham.

On completion of the course, Glynn will then himself select two of the budding young cooks to become his apprentices. They will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to learn the skills of fine dining whilst working alongside the Birmingham born chef.

The chef has big plans for the apprentices, who will work closely with him gaining hands on skills, whilst at the same time working towards a qualification at the college.

Glynn Purnell said: “We have incredible talent in the Midlands, but like with everything we need to dig deep to discover it. I was once an apprentice and I know how hard it is to get an opportunity to get your foot in the door. Working in partnership with South and City College Birmingham we aim to offer exceptional students an apprenticeship to work with me and the team at Purnell’s restaurant, Ginger’s Bar and Purnell’s Bistro.”

Mike Hopkins, Principal of the college said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring young chefs in Birmingham. Not only will the students gain a recognised qualification, but they will work with one of the top chefs in the country, learning all the skills they need to give them the best start in their careers.

“Glynn is a great role model as well as a top chef, and he believes in helping young people in Birmingham, as I do. I hope this will be the start of a long partnership between Glynn and South and City College.”

To apply for the 11 week introductory course, you will need to register with the National Apprentice Service. More information is available through www.southandcity.com

All applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Initial interviews will be held on the 17 September which you must be available for. 15 people will be chosen and will start the course at the beginning of October. Purnell’s two apprentices will be announced in December.

All applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Initial interviews will be held on the 17 September which you must be available for. 15 people will be chosen and will start the course at the beginning of October. Purnell’s two apprentices will be announced in December.

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6 September 2012

Glynn Purnell to re-launch The Asquith as eclectic bistro

Birmingham’s renowned Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell has made the decision to close his second fine dining restaurant in the city in favour of launching his own brand of bistro.

The Asquith, 11 Newhall Street will officially close after the last evening service on Saturday 1st September ready for the launch of Purnell’s Bistro, which opens on Wednesday 5th September.

Glynn Purnell said. “I promised myself that I would achieve certain ambitions in my career. Firstly, to gain a Michelin star at Purnell’s, the second to open Ginger’s Bar with The Asquith and the third being to launch Purnell’s Bistro.

Birmingham is fortunate to have a variety of cultures and flavours which is visible in its restaurant culture. Glynn believes that serving simplistic, classic dishes, with an outlandish twist will be a welcome addition to the thriving food scene.

He adds: “It is well-known that I am driven by my passion to excite people through food, especially the innovative dishes inspired by my childhood. The concept of Purnell’s Bistro will continue to entice people with honest portions of food, inspired by rustic home-cooking but with an eclectic twist.

“Running a Michelin starred restaurant allows you to be at the forefront the British food, there has been a massive movement in the bistro culture from Paris into London, with the likes of Bruno Loubet and Bistrotheque opening in the capital.

“The fine dining scene in Birmingham has gone from strength to strength and we have some top chefs already in the city, with more wanting a slice of the action. Well known chefs are choosing to open their brand of restaurants in the city centre but I want to go that step further.

“I want the new bistro to encompass much more than just my name. I am an extremely hands on chef and I will continue to support the new team at the bistro, whilst cooking my fine dining menu at Purnell’s Restaurant on a daily basis.

“I know questions will arise from the closure of The Asquith, especially since relocated from the original address in Edgbaston. The answer is simple, in this life we meet challenges and it is how we face them. I have met this challenge head on and want to aspire to greater things.

“I opened The Asquith to give a younger management team the opportunity to grow the business and make their mark. For a variety of reasons, people chose different paths in life and I wish the original duo only the best in what they do, one heading off to travel the world and the other to start a family.

“After such positive feedback on the food served at The Asquith, now is the time to embrace a new challenge under the Purnell’s brand and after identifying a gap in the market and from listening to my customers, Purnell’s Bistro is to open in Birmingham.”

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3 August 2012

Purnell's wins BMW Square Meal best UK restaurant award 2012

Purnell's wins BMW Square Meal best UK restaurant award 2012 photo

Glynn Purnell’s Michelin-starred Birmingham restaurant has been awarded the coveted BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant Award 2012.

Purnell’s opened in 2007 and is the first solo venture from the chef. Appropriately, the BMW accolade has been awarded to the restaurant on the eve of its fifth anniversary of opening.

Glynn Purnell said. “To receive this accolade now is an honour for myself and my team. What makes it even more poignant is that we are due to celebrate our fifth year of business; we opened the doors on July 7th, 2007 at 7pm.

“To win such a coveted award doesn’t mean restaurateurs should become complacent. I can honestly say I love the job I do on a daily basis. I am in a fortunate position right now but it hasn’t been easy, I have got here through sheer hard work and determination.

“I’m driven by my passion to be able to excite people through food, especially the innovative dishes inspired by my childhood.”

There was close competition for this year’s award from other highly-rated UK restaurants including Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume, Sat Bains’ Nottingham restaurant and Nathan Outlaw’s fine-dining outfit in Cornwall. The shortlist of the 50 top UK restaurants for 2012 can be read in Square Meal’s Summer magazine, which is out now.

Square Meal’s editor Ben McCormack presented the BMW award to Purnell and his team at the West Midlands restaurant. ‘Glynn Purnell more than anyone has put Birmingham on the culinary map,’ he said in a speech. ‘He thoroughly deserves this award.’

After training with top chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Claude Bosi, Purnell worked as head chef at Jessica’s, which was awarded Birmingham’s first Michelin star back in 2005. He is now the proud owner of three establishments in Birmingham, Ginger’s Bar and The Asquith launched in 2011. More recently, he has appeared on Great British Menu, at the BBC Good Food Show and is a regular guest chef on Saturday Kitchen with James Martin.

The BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant award considers all restaurants outside of the M25. This is the 12th year the BMW Square Meal UK award has been awarded, with past winners including The Kitchin, The Fat Duck and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.

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18 July 2012

BBC Good Food Show

BBC Good Food Show photo

The BBC Good Food Show is about to roll into town and once again Glynn Purnell will be appearing on stage. The show opens at the NEC Birmingham on Wednesday 13th June and runs until Saturday 17th June. Glynn will be joining other well known chefs including James Martin, the Hairy Bikers; John Torode; Gregg Wallace; Olly Smith and Michael Caines to cook live at the event.

Glynn will be appearing on the Summer Kitchen stage at various demonstrations throughout the day on Thursday 14th June and Saturday 17th June.
Visitors can expect a lively rendition of TV’s best loved cookery programmes, including Saturday Kitchen featuring the omelette challenge and celebrity guests’ food heaven and hell. Plus MasterChef sessions hosted by the fearsome duo John Torode and Gregg Wallace. The MasterChef Champion 2012 - Shelina Permaloo will also be attending the Show.

Family Weekend - Kids go free at the weekend with activities and entertainment throughout Saturday and Sunday for children.
For further information and to purchase tickets please visit: www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com or call 0844 581 1341

  • Tickets start at just £19.75 

  • £1.75 booking fee per ticket applies.

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12 June 2012

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