Purnell’s golden ticket draw

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How would you celebrate your tenth anniversary? Michelin star chef Glynn Purnell is throwing a party for 30 very special guests to celebrate a decade of his restaurant opening in Birmingham city centre and you could be one of them!

Glynn is holding a golden ticket prize draw to select 30 lucky diners, who will enjoy a 10 course-dinner and champagne reception at Purnell’s on Friday 7 July as their prize.

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Glynn says: “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 have been working hard to create a 10-course menu for our lucky anniversary night guests, that will celebrate some Purnell favourites and rework some of our original dishes.”

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Glynn has received more than 1,000 entries already! To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for the champagne reception and 10-course meal, all you have to do is send a SAE to :

Mr Purnell’s Golden Ticket Prize Draw
Purnell’s Restaurant
55 Cornwall Street
Birmingham B3 2DH.

The closing date is Thursday 15 June at 5pm good luck!

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Hunger for a taste of Harvey Nichols?

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The luxurious new Harvey Nichols store in the Mailbox is due to open in July and at its heart will be The Harvey Nichols Restaurant curated by Glynn Purnell.

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Glynn has worked closely with the store to develop a stylish all-day dining menu, mentor the restaurant’s new Head Chef and hospitality team, recruit local suppliers and source the specialist ingredients used in each dish.

To give you a taste of the luxurious new shopping haven, Harvey Nichols has teamed up with Flybe Flight Time and Gastro Card to offer one lucky winner a £250 shopping spree instore, dinner for two (up to the value of £100) in its new restaurant as well as a signed copy of Glynn Purnell’s bestselling book Cracking Yolks and Pigs Tales.

So what are you waiting for?! For the chance to win this fabulous prize and enter, please read T&Cs here Competition closes 30 June.

Birmingham chefs take centre stage

There are some familiar faces and a cross section of city venues taking part in the Foodies Festival this weekend.

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To see the guys in action, here is the timetable for the Chefs Theatre.

Friday 15th May

12.00 Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

13.00 Nathan Eades – St Andrews Town Hotel

14.00 Ryan Swift – The Edgbaston

15.00 Robert Grzesik – The Warehouse Cafe

16.00 Nathan Eades – St Andrews Town Hotel

17.00 William Noblett – Ju Ju’s Cafe

Saturday 16th May

12.00 Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

13.00 Nathan Eades – St Andrews Town Hotel

14.00 Glynn Purnell – Purnells

15.00 James Wong – Chung Ying

16.00 Jackie Kearney – The Hungry Gecko

17.00 Nick Turner – Hotel De Vin

Sunday 17th May

12.00 Katy B – ‘Little Miss Meat Free’ Great Vegan Bake Off Winner 2014

13.00 Rachel Green – Top TV Chef

14.00 Aktar Islam – Lasan Group

15.00 Dhruv Baker – MasterChef Winner 2010

16.00 Matt Cheal – Simpsons

Entry to the Chefs Theatre is included in the ticket price. Tickets are released at the festival on the day and are available on a first come, first served basis and entry is limited – register for free entry at the Registration Point opposite the main entrance.

(Photo credits: Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Living)

Great British Food Farm Produce Awards 2015

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You might not have heard of the Great British Food magazine’s Farm Produce Awards as they are just a year old. Launched  to celebrate the country’s finest home-grown ingredients, as well as the hardworking folk who produce it, this year’s competition is now open.

By voting for your favourite producers, food sellers and services you’ll automatically be entered into a prize draw to win 1 of 10 top-of-the-range Stellar pans worth £110 each. To vote, just click this link

There are six categories that readers can vote for –

  • Best British Restaurant
  • Best Independent Retailer
  • Best British Food Brand
  • Best Online Retailer
  • Best Food Personality
  • Best Cookbook

Malt Kiln Farm Shop in Coventry is nominated for Best Independent Food Retailer and Adams Restaurant in Birmingham is nominated for Best British Restaurant.  I’ve voted for both of them and added Cracking Yolks and Pig Tales by Glynn Purnell as my favourite cookbook.

Voting is open until 7th June and the winners will be announced in the September issue of Great British Food magazine .

Weekend food telly

Over the weekend you can play spot the local food hero on Channel 4.

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The yummie Brummie Glynn Purnell will be appearing on Weekend Kitchen on Saturday as the programme returns for a second series.

On Sunday street food pioneer Richard Johnson will be talking to Leamington Spa’s very own Fresh Rootz on Sunday Brunch.

Purnell’s Brummie Tapas

Inbetween his appearance at the Colmore Business District Food Festival and book signing for Cracking Yolks, Yummie Brummie Glynn Purnell has found the time to create a new Brummie Tapas menu.

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For £45 per person you can nibble on plates including

Spiced potato and lime croquettes – tacos – duck egg mayonnaise

Creamed onion explosion – tomato “sharp”

Beetroot mousse – escabeche of vegetables – horseradish crumble

Market fish – chicken glaze – chicken skin – “peas”

Neck of lamb – capers – burnt lettuce – basil emulsion

Strawberries – violet – liquorice

Mint choc chip.

July’s hottest food and drink events

July started with the launch of Leamington Wine Company’s Gin Club, boubon tasting at Hotel du Vin and a stars and stripes dinner at The Star and Garter. Yeeha to American Independence Day! The rest of this month’s food and drink events are just as good.

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This week you could be onstage at The Rep for a Blanch & Shock dinner as part of BE Festival, tucking into gin cocktails and pastries at Loki’s new Gin Brunch, or waving the flag for French Resistance Week at The Church.

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Next week Glynn Purnell will be signing copies of his book at Harvey Nichols, the Colmore Business District food festival returns and we say hello to a new event  – the Stratford Home and Garden Show at Alscot House.

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July goes out with a bang at the Birmingham Beer Bash, vintage night at Le Truc and a Connolly’s Wine Dinner at Carters of Moseley.  AMV Curiosities takes over The Electric’s Food and Film Club and Clarke and Lee pop-up in the refurbished back bar at the Hare and Hounds.

All the details are on the Events page.

Wherever you go this month I hope that you have a great time discovering or revisiting your favourite chefs, venues and producers in the Midlands.

If there any food and drink events that you think I should add to the blog, please drop me a line at midlandsgourmetgirl@gmail.com.

Cracking Fathers Day gifts

If you’re looking for a ‘cracking’ Fathers Day present, then I don’t think that you can go wrong with Glynn Purnell’s eggcellent first book Cracking Yolks and Pig Tales.

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Revealing the recipes of 100 much loved dishes including ‘The Emotions of Cheese and Pineapple’ and ‘Haddock, Eggs and Cornflakes’ the book also gives readers an insight into Glynn’s cooking history. With no holds barred, his humour and passion for food and cooking fly off the pages. £19.99 from all good bookshops, including Waterstones in Birmingham.

Here are two other ideas for Fathers Day gifts, with a distinctively Midlands flavour.

It is not just us ladies that love an afternoon tea! Over at Coombe Abbey gentlemen can enjoy their very own Knights Afternoon Tea.

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Scotch duck egg, Malt Farm pork pie, venison and red wine sausage roll, mature cheddar and sticky pickle sandwich, a chocolate fudge brownie, freshly baked scone with preserves and Cornish clotted cream are served with half a pint of Coombe ale. Available for£19.75 per person (Monday to Friday) and £22.75 per person (Saturday and Sunday).

If you’re Dad likes his food hot, then a Fathers Day Spicy Man Box from Ross and Ross Food may be a good option. As winners of last year’s Best Midlands Street Food at the BBC Good Food Show, these guys are purveyors of fine cheeses, terrines and pates all produced in the Cotswolds.

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Goodies contained in the box are a bottle of Pale Whale, British Charcuterie made by the Cotswold Curer, Mr Trotter’s Great British Crackling  pork scratchings flavoured with jalapeno chilli and a jar of smoked apple chutney. All for £20.

So three tasty Father Day gifts all for £20!

Birmingham’s 50 Food Heroes

If you had to draw up a list of 50 food heroes from Birmingham who would be on it?

Michelin star chef Glynn Purnell, street food pioneer Duncan Stanley, or maybe cookery school teacher Tom Baker, with his desire to help the local community, would feature in your top 50. (They would definitely be on mine).

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Carole Mason has the unenviable task of narrowing down the choice of streetfood, pop up restaurants, urban harvesters, farmers markets, supper clubs, growers and even bloggers to include in her new guide No Ping No Bling.

Carole says: “This project arose from my hobby of finding places to eat with No Ping (not reheated in the microwave) and No Bling (no chain restaurants, no fancy pants backers).  As I started to find more and more hidden places that were really rooted in the communities, I discovered just what food heroes they were out there and I started to hook into a network of other places and the excitement built.

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“I thought that if I didn’t know about all these fabulous places and all the amazing people so passionate about food then probably most people round here don’t know either.

“So I have set about spreading the word with a pack of cards,  so that you can take one out and easily carry when you are out and about. The intention is for the pack of cards to be available in high street stores, online, at food events and ideally I want to sell them to the airlines so that people can plan before they arrive in Birmingham.”

To launch Birmingham’s 50 Food Heroes,  Carole has created a page on crowdfunder. If you’d like to support the project, please follow this link

Kitchen School a new food experience for Birmingham

At the Gastro Card fundraising lunch for Birmingham Settlement at Opus, diners heard the latest news from Kitchen School.

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Pictured left to right: Trevor Land Gastro Card, Jayne Bradley Kitchen School and Martin Holcombe Birmingham Settlement.

Kitchen School’s Director Jayne Bradley explained how this social enterprise in Harborne aims to contribute to people’s health and wellbeing, by building a passion to grow, cook and eat good food.

“To achieve our vision we will teach the skills and share the knowledge to make cooking and eating an engaging and positive experience.

The school will offer a wide programme including cookery classes for parents and children, artisan skills of bread making, brewing, butchering and pickling, nutrition advice and international cuisines seven days a week.”

The initiative is supported by local chefs, including Glynn Purnell. Glynn says “We support Kitchen because improving people’s health and food standards in Birmingham starts with making sure people have the right knowledge and importantly have fun cooking.”

Kitchen School is due to open in December. Check www.kitchenschool.co.uk for updates or follow Jayne on Twitter @kitchenschool.