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BBC Good Food Show NEC

Michael Caines, Olly Smith, Glynn Purnell, Suree Coates (ETM)

Michael Caines, Olly Smith, Glynn Purnell, Suree Coates (ETM)

As the 21st BBC Good Food Show, 2011, held at the NEC draws to a close, the regions chefs can pat themselves on the back for demonstrating the culinary skills of the Midlands, against some of the UK’s best.

Hailed as a success by chefs and producers alike, the 2011 show had more stands, more space, and some say, more spenders! Only time will tell on the latter, but the regions chefs were certainly well represented. Pictured back stage at the BBC Master Chef Super Theatre are (from left) two Michelin Starred Michael Caines from Gidleigh Park, wine oficiando Olly Smith from BBC’s Saturday Kitchen,  and Midlands finest Birmingham’s Michelin Starred Glynn Purnell of Purnell’s and his newly opened Asquith Restaurant, with Suree Coates, Thai Curry Chef of the Year, from Shropshire’s King and Thai.

Suree commented “The standards of the chefs on stage are incredible, and it is fascinating to watch what dishes they cook and their approach to each – Michael Caines is a bit of a hero of mine – I love his style of cooking, and his attention to detail and apparent ease in which he creates his dishes – he is a real inspiration. It was interesting to watch our very own Glynn Purnell cook a very similar dish, and their different techniques, there was nt much in it between them”.

Suree who was invited following her recent success as the UK’s Curry Chef of the year was rather star struck “Gregg {Wallace} was very kind to me, and it was great to meet John Torrode, as well as my relative neighbour in Shropshire, Chef Marcus Bean from TV’s Iron Chef – But personally I was really interested in the wide range of suppliers at the show who had some wonderful products that I will be experimenting with for our new menus at the King and Thai”

Glynn commented “We have had such a busy week with the show, and the restaurant has been full of more Stars than you can shake a spoon at – many of the top chefs, and TV stars and presenters have dined with us over the past few days at Purnells, and enjoyed cocktails at our new Gingers Bar  – it was an honour to host Rick Stein, and James Martin, who gave us really positive feedback. It all goes to demonstrate how much the Midlands and Birmingham restaurants have to offer”.Read our

Exclusive interview with Glynn Purnell

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