About Glynn Purnell

Posted on 25-02-2016

Glynn_PurnellOften referred to as the ‘Yummy Brummie’, Glynn Purnell 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. It wasn’t long before he began winning awards including the prestigious Salon Culinaire.

His next professional step was as Chef de Partie at Simpson’s Restaurant 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 two establishments in Birmingham, Purnell’s Restaurant on Cornwall Street, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2008 and Purnell’s Bistro & Ginger’s Bar on Newhall Street.

Glynn has become a household name after taking part in the Great British Menu, winning twice and then later appearing as a mentor. He has previously featured on The Great British Food Revival and The Secret Chef, among other television programmes. He can regularly be seen on Saturday Kitchen as a guest chef and host and he is currently filming for the new series of My Kitchen Rules UK, which he will present alongside Rachel Allen.


Glynn and Cure Leukaemia


Glynn was first made a Patron and then a Trustee of Cure Leukaemia in 2014 and has had a long association with the Birmingham based blood cancer charity.

Glynn made the decision to focus on supporting one charity and he chose Cure Leukaemia after meeting a young girl with blood cancer.

“She made a lasting impact on me. She was in her early 20’s and unfortunately her treatment was not successful and she passed away. I spent a lot of time with her family and it really touched me and I felt that Cure Leukaemia was the charity I wanted to support. The funds are invested into helping patients in our great city and I am proud to support a Birmingham charity that is making a real difference.’

Glynn hosted Cure Leukaemia’s 10th anniversary dinner in 2013 before ‘Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen’ first began in 2014. Over the three years Glynn has raised over £200,000 for the charity and the event continues to go from strength to strength.

“It’s a fun-filled party atmosphere on the night for a great and serious cause. I hope the event continues to grow and introduce new people into the Cure Leukaemia family. We sold out very quickly in 2015 and 2016 so book your tickets now before it’s too late!”


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