Food Glorious Brum

Glynn Purnell, fresh from winning a place in the final of the Great British Menu with his dessert of burnt English cream surprise with marinated strawberries, tarragon and black pepper honeycomb, TV appearance for Brum chef Glynn Purnell, has scooped best new restaurant for his Purnell's restaurant in the 2008 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards.

The awards which are now in their 15th year took place at the Royal Court's of Justice in London on the 16th June where they recognised 14 chefs from all sectors of the industry. Purnell's beat two shortlisted London restaurants L’Autre Pied and Wild Honey to the best new restaurant title.

“Winning an award is always great but receiving an award from fellow chefs makes it extra special,” he said. “Being recognised on a national level as a restaurant based outside of London is a great achievement.”

Purnell who was born and raised in Chelmsley Wood and is a Blues fan (Birmingham City Football Club) achieved success and furthered Birmingham's culinary reputation with a Michelin Star as head chef at Jessica's. Jesscia's closed following the departure of Purnell who left to launch Purnell's.

The closure of Jessica's, which won the AA's Restaurant of the Year in its first 12 months and a Michelin star in 2005, will leave Birmingham with a single Michelin-starred restaurant, Simpson's in Edgbaston.

His dessert on the Great British Menu was awarded 10 out of 10 with judges describing it as "sexy" and "orgasmic" and bodes well for his ambition to gain a Michelin Star for his restaurant.


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