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Michelin Starred Chef Searches for Star Apprentice

Mike Hopkins and Glynn Purnell

Birmingham’s Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell has teamed up with South and City College Birmingham and is searching for two young apprentices who will work with him at his fine dining restaurant Purnell’s and the newly opened Purnell’s Bistro on Newhall Street.

16-24 year olds are being invited to apply for an 11 week Introduction to Cookery course at South and City College Birmingham, where they will learn the basic principles of professional cookery. Glynn Purnell who was once an apprentice himself will mentor the students during the course, with each student having the opportunity to spend time at his Michelin starred restaurant Purnell’s in Birmingham.

On completion of the course, Glynn will then himself select two of the budding young cooks to become his apprentices. They will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to learn the skills of fine dining whilst working alongside the Birmingham born chef.

The chef has big plans for the apprentices, who will work closely with him gaining hands on skills, whilst at the same time working towards a qualification at the college.

Glynn Purnell said: “We have incredible talent in the Midlands, but like with everything we need to dig deep to discover it. I was once an apprentice and I know how hard it is to get an opportunity to get your foot in the door. Working in partnership with South and City College Birmingham we aim to offer exceptional students an apprenticeship to work with me and the team at Purnell’s restaurant, Ginger’s Bar and the newly launched Purnell’s Bistro.”

Mike Hopkins, Principal of the college said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring young chefs in Birmingham. Not only will the students gain a recognised qualification, but they will work with one of the top chefs in the country, learning all the skills they need to give them the best start in their careers.

“Glynn is a great role model as well as a top chef, and he believes in helping young people in Birmingham, as I do. I hope this will be the start of a long partnership between Glynn and South and City College.”

To apply for the 11 week introductory course, you will need to register with the National Apprentice Service. More information is available on our

All applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Initial interviews will be held on the 17 September which you must be available for. 15 people will be chosen and will start the course at the beginning of October. Purnell’s two apprentices will be announced in December.


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