“I’ve Put the Yum in Brum!”- Birmingham celebrity chef bags two national TV roles

Glynn Purnell

Birmingham’s acclaimed Michelin-star winner and television chef Glynn Purnell has announced two new national TV appearances in an exclusive interview with journalist and presenter Sanjeeta Bains for

Known for his previous roles in Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen, Glynn Purnell revealed for the first time that he had recently finished filming Great British Food Revival (Series 3), due to air on BBC Two in October.

On top of this, he will join presenter Richard Bacon, another TV personality hailing from the Midlands, in a two-part Sky One documentary in late September. The People’s Rainforest will see him challenged to prepare food made exclusively with rainforest-sourced ingredients.

The video interview was filmed at the new Purnell’s Bistro on Newhall Street, the site of the Asquith, which closed earlier this year after a series of problems and controversies.

In the clip, Glynn explains why he really closed the Asquith, and why he believes the new incarnation will be a culinary success, drawing on his very local roots to create an accessible yet elegant dining destination serving ‘hearty, rustic’ cuisine:

“My background from being a council estate lad, going up to the Birmingham Market every Saturday with my mom – it’s who I am.”

The ‘Yummie Brummie’ also shares his views on Birmingham’s evolving food scene, what its biggest problem is and whether Brummies really know anything about dining.

Asked whether Brum is now more yum, Glynn responds with a flash of his trademark swagger: ‘Most definitely, and I believe I’ve put the yum in Brum!’ was created in 2011 by Ahmed Ahmed, as a showcase for the city’s growing culinary credentials, hosting news, reviews and dining deals. Join the conversation at or

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