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Michelin ‘Dream Team’ returns to Eponymous Birmingham Kitchens

Turners Chef Patron Richard Turner in the Kitchen with Head Chef Tom Wells

Turners Chef Patron Richard Turner in the Kitchen with Head Chef Tom Wells

Back in early 2009 Birmingham was only just seeing the green shoots of culinary recognition with the presence of two Michelin Stars. Then in September 2009 Chef Patron Richard Turner of his Eponymous Turners Restaurant in leafy Harborne was awarded the third – The team at the helm at the time was Head Chef Richard Turner with his long serving Senior Sous Chef Tom Wells who had been with Richard through his days at Paris Restaurant in The Mail Box – both achieving much acclaim. Chef Tom was then awarded UK Chef of The Year in 2008, shortly followed by the surprise to many, including Turner himself, of a Michelin Star awarded in September 2009 – Tom then left to travel the World, but has now returned alongside Turner in his Harborne kitchen “It seems like an age away since we were awarded with our Michelin Star.”

Comments Turner “Alot has changed since 2009, both in culinary terms and the City itself, but sometimes the best combinations never do. Tom and I were working very closely together when Turners was awarded its Star – we were taken aback and were by no means ready, but we stepped up to the hot plate and continued to deliver the high standards we were accredited for, and I have continued to push the boundaries year on year ever since. Tom moved on in 2010 to satisfy his desires to travel Asia and gain further culinary experiences, but I am delighted to say has now returned to the Turners kitchen to work side by side.”

In recent years Turners has been awarded The Good Food Guide Readers Award, as well as 3 AA Rosettes last year, and led the way earlier this year by being the first restaurant in the UK to introduce a pre-payment ‘Ticket’ style system to help reduce expensive no-shows which cost the industry an estimated £16bn per annum, and save diners up to 20% mid-week, so there is no telling what the ‘dream team’ can now create.

Chef Tom Wells commented  “I never thought I’d return to Birmingham to work, never mind alongside Richard, but since the departure of his Head Chef Alex Bond the opportunity arose, so I jumped at it. We both agree that sometimes simple is the best. In recent weeks we have both been in the kitchen re-visiting our ethos from 2009, the seasonality, the clean flavours and working closely on refreshing all the menus, including the return of some old favourites, with a more contemporary twist – already proving popular with the regulars – some returning after being away for a few years, and the feedback has been very encouraging, both privately and publicly – Richard has achieved a great deal in the past 5 years and we look forward to achieving even more now we are working together again – it feels good to be back in Birmingham, instead of just reading about how well the City is doing from the other side of the World”.

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