Glynn Purnell

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Purnell's restaurant in Birmingham City centre

Glynn Purnell (born 1975) is an English chef and restaurateur. Described by the Birmingham Post as "undoubtably the finest chef to hail from Chelmsley Wood",[1] he is the proprietor and Head Chef at Purnell's restaurant in Birmingham, England, which was awarded a Michelin star in January 2009.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Purnell was born in Chelmsley Wood, a large council estate in Solihull. When he was young he would cook for his younger brother and sister, feeding them beans on toast with curry powder and chopped onions.[3] His first experience working in a kitchen was when he did work experience at the Metropole Hotel at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre at the age of 14, returning for a six-year apprenticeship when he left school.[3]

Purnell's career in fine dining started in 1996 when he joined Andreas Antona at Simpsons restaurant – then based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire – as chef de partie.[4] While at Simpsons he worked on placements with other notable chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Alistair Little and Gary Rhodes,[2] and at restaurants in Lyon, Montpellier and the Basque Country.[3] In 2002 he worked for six months as sous chef at Claude Bosi's Hibiscus restaurant in Ludlow, Shropshire.[2]

In 2003 Purnell was appointed to his first Head Chef role at Jessica's in Edgbaston, Birmingham, which was awarded the first Michelin star given to a Birmingham restaurant in 2005, and was also named English "Restaurant of the Year" by the AA the same year.[3]

Purnell left Jessica's in 2007 and opened his own restaurant, Purnell's in Birmingham City Centre, which was also awarded a Michelin star in January 2009, and itself won the AA Restaurant of the Year award in September of the same year.[5]

In August 2010 it was announced that Purnell would be opening a second restaurant – The Asquith, an "ambitious, neighbourhood restaurant" – in the premises of the former Jessica's in Edgbaston.[6] On April 3, 2011, The Asquith closed its doors due to a dispute with the buildings landlord [7] before reopening in Birmingham city centre.[8]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Power 50 Profiles – No.14 Glynn Purnell", Birmingham Post, 2009-06-30, retrieved 25 August 2010 
  2. ^ a b c Chefs – Glynn Purnell, BBC Food, retrieved 25 August 2010 
  3. ^ a b c d Harmer, Janet (18 May 2009), Glynn Purnell, Caterer Search, retrieved 25 August 2010 
  4. ^ Binns, Richard (2004), D’Artagnan and The Three Musketeers (a Midlands culinary epic!), retrieved 25 August 2010 
  5. ^ McComb, Richard (2009-09-29), "Birmingham restaurant Purnell's named England's No.1 by the AA", Birmingham Post, retrieved 26 August 2010 
  6. ^ McComb, Richard (2010-08-05), "Glynn Purnell and Jamie Oliver to open new restaurants in Birmingham", Birmingham Post, retrieved 27 August 2010 
  7. ^ http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2011/04/07/top-birmingham-chef-glynn-purnell-closes-the-asquith-after-landlord-dispute-65233-28478221/
  8. ^ http://theasquith.com/