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ISS food and hospitality announces new Feature Chef

ISS food and hospitality director, Lloyd Mann, has announced a partnership with Glynn Purnell the Michelin starred chef, restaurateur and TV personality, as its new Feature Chef.

Known as the ‘Yummy Brummie’, a titled gained from Olive Magazine, Purnell will work on various initiatives with ISS to further promote excellence in food and hospitality. He will also work with all levels of the ISS talent pool in the Business & Industry (B&I) catering arena.

Purnell will work with ISS on a range of areas, including the next phase of the ISS White Collection fine dining concept, pop-up events, enrichment sessions, new ‘stage’ work placements and inspiration events for those at all levels of their professional development – including the ISS Leeds Academy student cohort .

Commenting on the new partnership, Mann said:

“We are delighted to have Glynn join us. With his passion, personality and charismatic approach to food and services he is a great fit with our entire ethos at ISS. 

“Together, we’ve planned some great programmes to strengthen our talent development, innovation projects and strategy. As a business, we’re evolving all the time and Glynn will work with us as we elevate our creative strategy to the next level.”

Purnell, who started working in kitchens at the age of 14, now owns and runs Michelin starred Purnell’s in Birmingham, Gingers Bar and also Purnell’s Bistro. He won Birmingham’s first Michelin star in January 2005 and Purnell’s was awarded a Michelin star in 2009.

Purnell commented:

In my career I’ve had the privilege to see a great deal of adventure and passion in cooking around the UK. I’m delighted to work with new people who are proud of their craft.” 

“I like to challenge traditional ideas around food concepts whilst bringing amazing food sensations to the table and to see our established chefs and new talent work with innovative ideas. Working with ISS will allow me to experience even more of this.”

In addition to his awards as a restauranteur, Purnell has won personal awards such as the Academie de Culinaire Francaise Annual award of Excellence and has appeared on shows such as Saturday Kitchen and Great British Menu.

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