On Friday 7 July one of Birmingham’s most prestigious restaurants, Purnell’s, celebrated an historic milestone- its first momentous decade. Over the last ten years the restaurant has led the way in shaping Birmingham’s ever-growing culinary profile, under the leadership of Glynn Purnell.
Celebrated in true Purnell’s style, Michelin starred chef and owner Glynn Purnell gave just fifteen lucky winners and their guests the evening of a lifetime as they came to the restaurant for an exclusive Krug champagne reception and a 10-course menu on Friday 7 July, 10 years to the day since Purnell’s first opened its doors to the public. The menu showcased some of Glynn’s best loved, signature dishes. Since opening in July 2007 on Cornwall Street in Birmingham, Purnell’s has gone from strength to strength. Glynn opened the restaurant following his success at Jessica’s, which was awarded Birmingham’s first coveted Michelin star back in 2005. Glynn was awarded the accolade for a second time, when Purnell’s earned its star in 2009.
Never complacent with the quality of his work, Glynn has been instrumental in redefining the perception of dining in Birmingham with his bold and innovative contemporary cooking. Over the last 10 years, he has constantly strived for originality in his menus at Purnell’s, combining his Brummie heritage with his love of Eastern influenced ingredients to create unique and ground-breaking cuisine. Iconic dishes of Glynn’s that were all on the special 10th anniversary night menu included: Smoked-Haddock Milk with a Poached Egg Yolk, Cornflakes and Curry Oil; Monkfish Masala with Red Lentils, Picked Carrots and Coconut Garnish; and his famous Burnt English Custard Egg Surprise which won The Great British Menu with a perfect score in 2008.
Glynn’s vision and creativity has seen Purnell’s flourish. The restaurant boasts a stylish main dining area, a Living Room where diners can eat ‘Brummie Tapas’ in the lounge area, and impressive private dining facilities.
As Purnell’s success has grown, Glynn’s public profile has risen in equal measure. Now firmly established as one of the UK’s best known chefs, he makes regular television appearances on popular food programmes such as Saturday Kitchen, The Great British Food Revival and The Great British Menu. He will also be fronting the new series of My Kitchen Rules alongside Rachel Allen, which is currently being filmed and will be broadcast on Channel 4 later this year. Glynn released his first book Cracking Yolks and Pigs Tales in 2014, and his second book Rib Ticklers and Choux-ins was published in 2016, which features a collection of 110 sensational recipes from steaks and bakes to cheesecakes.
Speaking about the 10th anniversary, Glynn said: “Ten years ago my dream came true when I opened the doors of Purnell’s Restaurant. Ten years on and I’m still living the dream. When I first opened Purnell’s back in 2007, I had no idea where we would be today thanks to our customers and suppliers who are all a fantastic support to us. The team I have built is amazing and we worked hard to plan a commemorative anniversary night and create a 10-course menu that celebrated some Purnell’s favourites and reworked some original dishes for our 30 lucky guests.”
The fifteen successful golden ticket winners included Paul Colin from Tamworth. Paul said, “I was absolutely over the moon to find out that I had won one of Glynn’s golden tickets. My wife and I have always wanted to eat at Purnell’s and tonight was just superb. It exceeded all our expectations. I have followed Glynn’s career for years and it was a joy to meet him and celebrate Purnell’s 10th anniversary with him and his team.”
Alyson Jolly from Stockport brought her husband Tom as her chosen guest and said of the evening, “I was in disbelief when I came home and found the golden ticket on my doormat… I had goosebumps! I have been so excited for the last few weeks. My husband has been on his best behaviour since I won the ticket, trying to win his place as my plus-one! It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and we were spoilt rotten from start to finish. Getting to meet Glynn was the icing on the cake.”
Glynn concluded, “I am incredibly proud of the Restaurant’s 10th anniversary and the journey it has taken to get here. To be able to celebrate its first decade and mark this landmark is one of the greatest achievements of my career.”