26th Oct, 2020

Saturday Kitchen chef Glynn Purnell reveals plan for Coventry restaurant as he joins panel for awards

John Carlon 1st Oct, 2020

A TOP telly chef is joining the roster of judges in the Coventry and Warwickshire ‘Foodie Awards’ – as he plans a new Coventry restaurant.

Glynn Purnell has announced plans to open a restaurant in the heart of Coventry in 2021.

The Saturday Kitchen regular will be guest judge in the brand new food and drink awards programme.

The inaugural Foodie Awards 2021, in partnership with Visit Coventry, is set to recognise an array of food and drink businesses from producers to chefs, street food traders, restaurants and bars.

Entries are already pouring in for the awards, which will culminate in a ceremony in spring 2021 following a finalists’ night on January 25th at Coventry’s new Telegraph Hotel.

They will be judged by a mixture of esteemed judges and public votes, with Glynn Purnell appearing as a guest judge alongside his former employer Andreas Antona, owner of The Cross in Kenilworth, and Russell Allen, managing director of Aubrey Allen.

Glynn said: “Despite what some people might think, Coventry and Warwickshire is an area packed with great food and drink – hence my plan to open a restaurant here next year. It’s been a tough year for all of us in hospitality but these awards will help boost local businesses and recognise some of the great talent in the area. I’m looking forward to being involved.”

Categories for the awards include best artisan food and drink producers, best farm shop, best independent food and drink retailer, best newcomer, best street food trader and best chef or cook of the year, as well as best food/drink experience.

The Foodie Awards will be raising money for The Trussell Trust network of eight food banks in Coventry and Warwickshire.

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