Purnell serves up special menu for Cure Leukaemia

Michelin starred chef, Glynn Purnell is helping Cure Leukaemia to mark its tenth birthday in culinary style by designing a unique menu for its celebration event at Aston Villa next month.

Glynn has been a Patron of the Birmingham-based blood cancer charity for three years, and has worked closely on the menu with Aston Villa’s Executive Chef, Peter Reed.

The dishes will be enjoyed by 370 guests at Cure Leukaemia’s 10th birthday celebrations on 4 October, hosted by Adrian Chiles and sponsored by Pinsent Masons, Hotel Indigo, Club and Spa, Succeed, Clever Cherry and Birmingham City University. Speaking about the event, Glynn said, “Cure Leukaemia’s tenth birthday party is a big opportunity for the charity to celebrate and remember all of the people from across the West Midlands and beyond who have worked tirelessly over the past decade to raise money and support people suffering from this terrible disease.

“I wanted the menu to reflect Cure Leukaemia’s position as a landmark organisation in Birmingham. Each dish features amazing produce from across the region, including the fantastic allotment Peter manages with his team at Villa Park, and it gives a nod to some of our city’s biggest brands including Bird’s Custard, HP Sauce and Cadbury’s. To top off the party atmosphere, each course is designed to encourage guests to get stuck in and share the enjoyment of food.”

The main course will be accompanied by award-winning Hogan’s Cider, produced in the Malvern Hills. CEO of Cure Leukaemia, James McLaughlin, said: “Our birthday party is a way of saying thank you to all of our patients and supporters in the local community and business sector who have done so much to help Cure Leukaemia over the last ten years. We’re delighted to have Glynn on board as Executive Chef for the night working with the hugely talented team at Aston Villa, and the menu will play a huge part in making the evening a memorable occasion for all of our guests.”