Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell is celebrating being awarded three AA rosettes for his outstanding modern cooking.
Purnell, who started cooking professionally when he was 14, will hope the AA recognition augurs well for next week when the new Michelin Guide awards its stars, the culinary equivalent of Oscars, for 2009.
His restaurant, Purnell’s, is one of 17 new three AA rosette winners and is praised for its “highly imaginative modern European cooking.”
Restaurants awarded three rosettes are classified as “outstanding” and “demand recognition well beyond the local area,” according to the AA. They use the highest quality ingredients and combine consistent timing, seasoning and judgment of flavour combinations.
There are about 150 three rosette restaurants in the country and only one other – Simpsons in Edgbaston – in Birmingham.
Purnell’s opened in a Victorian terracotta building in Cornwall Street in the city centre in July 2007.
Purnell, from Chelmsley Wood, previously picked up a Michelin star when he ran the kitchen at the former Jessica’s, in Edgbaston. He has worked under Andreas Antona, of Simpsons’ fame, and Claude Bosi, when the Frenchman picked up two stars at Hibiscus in Ludlow.
A devoted Birmingham City fan, Purnell is renowned for his sometimes outlandish food combinations, including a radical remake of the 70s-inspired cheese and pineapple stick.