Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell will rustle up a gastronomic delight whilst also raising funds for Birmingham's major leukaemia charity during a star-studded night at Villa Park next month.
The man behind the city's prestigious Purnell's restaurant will don his apron on Friday October 31st for Glynn's ‘Friday Night Kitchen’ which will see the chef accompanied on stage by celebrity friends.
He will then take the audience through every step of preparing and cooking a sumptuous three-course meal which will then be served to them at their tables.
The concept - a take on the popular Saturday Morning Kitchen TV show - provides a novel twist on traditional fundraising dinners giving the audience more interaction in what promises to be an evening of fun and laughter.
The event follows on from the success of Cure Leukaemia‘s 10th Birthday Dinner last year and celebrates the popular chef and author becoming a Cure Leukaemia Trustee.
Glynn will team up with Aston Villa's Executive Chef Peter Reed for the evening that will also feature a celebrity omelette challenge with stars on the night competing against each other to make the best omelette in a three-minute race against the clock.
Glynn said: "It is well known that I'm a massive Bluenose - a Birmingham City fanatic - but it is a privilege to come back to Villa Park for a second year running - I'm here more than my team now!”
"The night will be lots of fun with lots of banter and I'm sure the audience will love seeing our celebrity guests out of their comfort zone and cooking under pressure especially as the omelettes usually look more like egg milkshakes!"
The 39-year-old revealed he first got involved with the charity after meeting a young patient at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital who was benefitting from treatment by Professor Charlie Craddock and his clinical team.
He said: "I know the incredible work that the Cure Leukaemia team do having seen it first hand and look forward to raising as much awareness and funding as we can."
Villa Executive chef Peter said: "Young apprentices from our award-winning VMF chef training academy will also be involved on the night and we will be using locally sourced products including vegetables from our very own urban allotment in Aston.
"As Glynn said recently we really are using home grown talent - he says the produce is so local even the vegetables have Brummie accents!"
James McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia, said: "What an honour for Cure Leukaemia and for all those attending to see one of the city's finest chefs in action on a night to remember. Glynn' support has been amazing for many years leading to him becoming a Trustee this year.
"Glynn's Friday Night Kitchen is a key fundraising event in our 'Birmingham, Let's cure leukaemia' campaign which was launched by Glynn in June this year."
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