Budding Birmingham masterchefs are hoping to serve up a winner for Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell.
Glynn, born in Chelmsley Wood, has teamed up with South and City College Birmingham for a new cookery course for young people.
The 11-week course sees a dozen hopefuls tackle classic dishes and learn where to source the tastiest ingredients.
Every student will also have the chance to spend the day at Purnell’s Restaurant on Cornwall Street – voted one of the top 20 restaurants in the UK in the Sunday Times Food List.
The top two students will go on to work as apprentices at Purnell’s, as well as Glynn’s recently-relaunched bistro on Newhall Street.
Glynn has been visiting the college’s Bordesley Green campus every week to mentor the classes.
He said: “You have to work hard to progress in a career.
"It isn’t about becoming a celebrity, but being recognised for being good at something. The students have started well, showing great enthusiasm and determination.”
Among those vying to be one of Glynn’s apprentices is Perry Wright, from Bordesley Green, who has traded in a career as an electrician.
The 20-year-old said: “I’d never really enjoyed electrics, but I’d always enjoyed cooking at home, so this course is a great opportunity.”