About Glynn Purnell

TV personality and Michelin star chef

Glynn Purnell often called the ‘Yummy Brummie’ started cooking professionally at the age of 14


After securing a work experience placement in a hotel kitchen, he spent the next two years catching the No 966 bus to the Metropole Hotel at the NEC where he was quickly promoted to making salads and flipping burgers. A six year stint followed, gaining experience in every department from banqueting to the a la carte Terrace Restaurant, where he discovered his talent and passion for fine dining. He began winning awards including the prestigious Salon Culinaire.

His next professional step was as Chef de Partie at Simpson’s Restaurant in Kenilworth where he progressed to the position of Sous Chef. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star and Glynn went on to win a number of accolades within the industry.

After training with top chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Claude Bosi, Glynn travelled abroad to work with well-known Michelin starred chefs in Europe. He went on to help launch Jessica’s in July 2003, which was awarded Birmingham’s first Michelin star back in 2005. Glynn is now the proud owner of three establishments in Birmingham, Purnell’s, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2007, Ginger’s Bar and Purnell’s Bistro, formerly The Asquith.

He has successfully made the transition to television and has taken part in the Great British Menu, winning twice and then appearing as a mentor. He has previously featured on The Great British Food Revival and can be seen in the new series in the autumn. He appears at the BBC Good Food Show and is a regular guest chef on Saturday Kitchen with James Martin.

Purnell’s Restaurant recently received the BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant award. This is the 12th year the BMW Square Meal UK award has been awarded, with past winners including The Fat Duck and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.