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Three Birmingham chefs get Michelin stars

 
IT�S Birmingham 3 � Manchester 0 after the city celebrated a hat- trick of culinary successes.

Three home-grown chefs have been awarded coveted Michelin stars for their outstanding cooking.

The clutch of awards, from the most respected food guide in the world, means the city has assumed the title of the country�s regional culinary capital.

No other town or city outside London boasts so many top-ranking restaurants in the 2009 Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland.

Manchester, thought to be Birmingham�s biggest rival, has none.

Chelmsley Wood burger-flipper turned kitchen maestro Glynn Purnell picks up a deserved star for Purnell�s in Cornwall Street, while Luke Tipping, executive chef at Simpsons and Birmingham�s king of consistency, ensured the Edgbaston powerhouse maintains a star for the fifth year running.

However, the biggest surprise is the triumph of maverick chef Richard Turner, whose namesake restaurant in suburban Harborne is, like Purnell�s, one of 26 new one-star establishments in this year�s guide. Richard Turner spent a long night celebrating his success with business partner Nick Crudgington, owner of the Bucklemaker in St Paul�s Square, but he was cooking Sunday lunch as normal at his High Street restaurant yesterday.

A thrilled Turner, aged 38, said: �What this proves is that everyone has a misconception about Michelin, that it is poncey. This proves you can open a little restaurant and if you offer good food at a reasonable price and do the things a restaurant is meant to do, then Michelin will reward you.�

Purnell, won a star at the former Jessica�s in Edgbaston, but said the latest star meant much more because the Cornwall Street restaurant, opened in 2007, was his own baby.

He said: �I�ve had two head chefs jobs and two Michelin stars. I now need to get two in the same building.� Purnell, aged 34, who has two children, Oliver, three, and Esme, four months, added: �Now it is time to take it to another level.�

All of Birmingham�s top three Michelin chefs hail from the city and have learnt their craft here. Drawing on classic French styles, they have incorporated new-wave Brit-cook flourishes. Their food is comparable with anything in London while their restaurants lack the snobbish air and tasteless bling that taints the atmosphere of too many places south of Watford.

Pascal�s in Edgbaston, run by Pascal Cluny, maintains its Bib Gourmand for �good food at moderate prices�.


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