Brum serves up gastronomic success

Following my earlier post in June 2008, noting Birmingham Chef Glynn Purnell had scooped best new restaurant for his Purnell's restaurant in the 2008 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards (Food Glorious Brum), Purnell's has been awarded AA Restaurant of the Year for England, Birmingham restaurant Purnell's named England's No.1 by the AA.

The award, one of the most respected in the wining-and-dining industry, follows Purnell’s elevation to Michelin star status in January, just a year-and-a-half after the restaurant opened in a Victorian terracotta building in Cornwall Street.

The AA describes Purnell’s as a “chic and contemporary yet intimate fine-dining restaurant located in one of Birmingham city centre’s finest conservation areas.”

Purnell's opened in July 2007 and has gained widespread praise for its innovative cooking gaining a Michelin star in January. The rising profile of the restaurant has matched the wider profile of Birmingham's food scene with this years Good Food Guide listing 11 Birmingham restaurants and three Birmingham restaurants, Purnell's included, gaining Michelin stars in January of this year, more than any other English regional city.

Chelmsley Wood burger-flipper turned kitchen maestro Glynn Purnell picks up a deserved star for Purnell’s in Cornwall Street while Luke Tipping, executive chef at Simpsons’ and Birmingham’s king of consistency, ensured the Edgbaston powerhouse maintains a star for the fifth year running.However, the biggest surprise is unquestionably the triumph of maverick chef Richard Turner, whose namesake restaurant in suburban Harborne is, like Purnell’s, one of 26 new one-star establishments in this year’s guide.

Purnell says “We are a national restaurant. We are rooted in a fantastic city and we are just doing our job,” he says. “It is great to get Birmingham in the press on a national scale. The city has got restaurants popping up all over the place. And the busier you are as a city, the better it gets.”

Birmingham has already started to highlight it's developing restaurant portfolio with a Taste the World in One City campaign which is accompanied by a map showing the variety of restaurants around the city. Birmingham has over 200 restaurants providing dishes from over 27 different countries and 20 cultures.

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