Affectionately known as the Yummy Brummie (coined by Olive Magazine), Glynn Purnell owns and runs Michelin-starred Purnell’s in Birmingham, Ginger’s Bar and Purnell’s Bistro. Winning dozens of awards for his inspired and adventurous cooking, Glynn has remained firmly rooted in his home city and won Birmingham’s first Michelin star in January 2005 as Head Chef at Jessica’s. Purnell’s opened in 2007 and was awarded a Michelin star in 2009.
Glynn’s first food memory involved baked beans on toast and curry powder! Left in charge of his little brother and sister, he would experiment on them with new combinations and challenged their taste buds. He continues to do this with dishes like poached egg yolk, smoked haddock milk foam and cornflakes on the menu at Purnell’s, cooking which earned him top accolades on BBC’s Great British Menu. Glynn takes old fashioned flavours and brings them up to date with dishes like Royal of Goats Cheese and Pineapple on sticks.
Glynn started work in kitchens at the age of 14 and spent the following two years at the Metropole Hotel, going every day after school. They took him on as an apprentice and six years later he won the prestigious Salon Culinaire award. Glynn moved to Simpson’s which won a Michelin star while he was a Sous Chef and where he also won other personal awards such as the Academie de Culinaire Francaise Annual Award of Excellence in 1996. He went on to work with Claude Bosi at the 2 Michelin-starred Hibiscus in Ludlow before helping to launch Jessica’s back in Birmingham in 2003.
Glynn has taken part in BBC’s Great British Menu, winning twice and then appearing as a mentor. He has previously featured on The Great British Food Revival, Pies and Puds with Paul Hollywood, and with Mary Berry, Michel Roux Jnr and Tom Kerridge on BBC 2’s Food and Drink. Glynn is a regular guest chef on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen with James Martin, on ITV’s This Morning and recently appeared on BBC 2’s Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice. From February 2016 Glynn will be Food Judge on Channel 4’s brand new series Come Dine Champion of Champions. Glynn collaborated with Harvey Nichols in 2015 to curate a dining experience and exclusive menu for Harvey Nichols’ new design concept store in Birmingham.
Glynn’s first book Cracking Yolks and Pig Tales was published by Kyle Books in May 2014, and his next book, also published by Kyle Books, will be published in September 2016.
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