GLYNN Purnell - a chef from Chelmsley Wood - is celebrating the news that his Birmingham city centre restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star.
It was only 18 months ago that the culinary wizard left his old job at Jessica’s, where he worked as head chef, to set up his restaurant Purnell’s.
Purnell’s, which is in Cornwall Street, is one of three Birmingham establishments to pick up the coveted Michelin Star.
Glynn was born and raised in north Solihull and got his start at the tender age of 14 - when he worked at the prestigious Metropole Hotel at the NEC.
Having carved an impressive reputation, he was thrust into the public eye when he appeared on the Great British Menu - a cooking contest aired on BBC2 television last year.
Since then the 34-year-old has helped to get local youngsters interested in cooking - he recently visited the Grace Academy to give students some tips.
He also prides himself on using ingredients from the Midlands.
The list of restaurants to have earned the honour was published earlier this week and the 2009 guide goes on sale today.