One of the UK’s best young chefs is to open a restaurant in Birmingham that will create 20 new jobs and bolster the city’s growing reputation for quality dining.
Adam Stokes has left his post as head chef at Glennap Castle, Scotland, to set up his first solo venture.
He is the latest culinary star to join the city’s growing list of top chefs flying the flag for Birmingham – including Glynn Purnell, Andreas Antona, Luke Tipping, Richard Turner and Adam Bennett.
Adam, 32, earned a Michelin Star and four AA Rosettes in 2011.
He will open Adam’s, on Bennetts Hill, this Friday as a 24-seat pop-up restaurant.
It will operate for an initial two years before switching to larger premises in Birmingham.
Adam’s will serve an innovative menu of modern British food, including a £27 three-course lunch menu and a tasting menu costing £75 featuring dishes including pig’s trotter, foie gras and haggis.
Adam, who will run the restaurant with his wife Natasha, 28, said: “Birmingham is a very vibrant city, it is up-and-coming.
“The younger clientele we are going for know a lot more about food now.
“The city has a rich culinary history, an internationally renowned fine dining scene and a rapidly growing gastronomic market.
“I am not here to ruffle any feathers. I am here to cook fantastic food and join the guys who are here already.”
There are currently three Michelin-starred restaurants in Birmingham – Purnell’s, Simpsons and Turners, which is the largest number for any English city outside of London.
Marek Dobrowolski, of Business Birmingham, an organisation that has been working closely with Adam, said: “Welcoming yet another Michelin star chef will help us to put the city’s gastronomy in the spotlight, cementing our status as a leader in cuisine.”