1 Michelin Star Chefs: Glynn Purnell, chef proprietor, Purnell's

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Glynn Purnell is chef proprietor of the one Michelin starred, Purnell's in Birmingham.

Glynn Purnell started cooking professionally at a very young age of 14 when on a work placement at the Metropole Hotel at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.



55 Cornwall St, Birmingham B3 2DH

Tel: 0121 212 9799

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.purnellsrestaurant.com

Twitter: @purnellsrest

Facebook: Purnells Restaurant

Instagram: @purnellsrestaurant


He returned there for a six year apprenticeship when he left school. In 1996, he went to work at Simpsons Restaurant in Warwickshire, as a chef de partie working for chef patron, Andreas Antona. Whilst there, he also trained with top chefs Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes.

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Glynn Purnell


In 2002, Glynn worked as a sous chef at Claude Bosi’s Hibiscus for six months. He then went on to become head chef and co-owner at Jessica’s in Edgbaston – the first Birmingham restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star, in 2005.

Purnell’s Restaurant

Glynn left Jessica’s in 2007 to open his namesake, Purnell’s. It was awarded its first Michelin star in 2009 and was also named AA Restaurant of the Year that same year.

He takes inspiration from his childhood and describes his style as rustic home-cooking but with an eclectic twist. Glynn became a celebrity chef after making a debut in television on the Great British Menu, winning it twice and then appearing as a mentor. He is also a regular guest chef on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.

What the guides say

Michelin Guide

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AA Restaurant Guide

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Now celebrating ten years, Purnell’s restaurant offers a selection of menu experiences, with highlights being their ‘Nice to MEAT you!’ veal with pea tartare and tamarind, and Glynn’s Great British Menu dish from 2009, Monkfish masala.

New to the restaurant is their ‘Brummie Tapas in Purnell’s Living Room’ menu – smaller versions of Purnell’s classics, served in the lounge area priced at £60 per person.

Other restaurants

In 2011, Glynn opened sister restaurant, The Asquith but had to close six months later due a dispute with the landlord. In 2012, Glynn opened Purnell’s Bistro & Gingers Bar in Newhall Street, just a stone’s throw away from his first restaurant.


He released his first book, Cracking Yolks and Pig Tales in 2014. The book was a playful insight into his life with affordable home-cooked versions of some of the chefs’ favourite recipes. In December 2016, Glynn brought out his second book Rib Ticklers and Choux-Ins, packed with 110 recipes in chapters called things like: ‘Is it Breakfast, Lunch or Brunch?’ and ‘Bits + Stuff + Cheeky Tricks’.

Videos with Glynn Purnell:


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1 Michelin Star Chefs: Glynn Purnell, chef proprietor, Purnell's