Glynn Purnell’s new chef – Jimi Mistry

The carving knives will be out for actor Jimi Mistry when he showcases his culinary skills by joining pal Glynn Purnell on stage for the ultimate live cooking experience.

The East is East, Coronation Street and EastEnders star is the latest addition to the celebrity line-up for Glynn Purnell & Friends’ Friday Night Kitchen event at Villa Park on October 7.
Jimi will help Michelin-starred chef Glynn prepare a mouth-watering main course, with X-Factor champion Sam Bailey on starter duty before singing two of her hits later on in the evening.
And pastry chef and chocolatier Will Torrent will provide delicious petit fours.

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Jimi is pictured with Purnell’s sous chef Luke Butcher and Glynn.

The 400-plus guests, including Jimi’s wife and Strictly Come Dancing star Flavia Cacace, will enjoy four courses in total – all to raise funds for Birmingham-based blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.
Jimi’s return to the city where he cut his acting teeth marks the start of a new chapter in his career, after spending the past year training to be a chef at the prestigious Leiths School of Food & Wine.
As part of his professional Three-Term Diploma in Food & Wine, which he passed with distinctions across the board, Jimi worked under Glynn during a week-long placement at Purnell’s Restaurant last Easter.
“I’m really excited about supporting Glynn at his Friday Night Kitchen – we’re going to have some great banter,” said Jimi, who will be accompanied on stage by Suzanne Virdee and Ed James.
“I’ve been pals with Glynn for about six years, since we appeared together on Saturday Kitchen. He’s a great personality and an absolutely amazing chef.”

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Jimi busy at Purnell’s.

Glynn, a Cure Leukaemia trustee, added: “Jimi is a diamond of a fella and we’re going to have a great laugh on stage.
“He’s got so much passion for food and wine and is already a very talented chef.
“This year’s line-up is really taking shape – it promises to be the biggest and best Friday Night Kitchen yet, full of laughs, amazing music and, of course, great food.”
Scarborough-born Jimi will have no trouble understanding Glynn’s accent, as he is often mistaken for a Brummie himself!
It stems from the four years he spent training to become an actor at the former Birmingham School of Speech & Drama (now Birmingham School of Acting at Birmingham City University).
Glynn’s Friday Night Kitchen has raised £100,000 for Cure Leukaemia over the past two years. With Birmingham Airport returning as headline sponsor for the second year running, Glynn is hoping proceeds will be boiling over the £150,000 mark come October.
Guests will be entertained until 2am by The Jamhouse’s resident live covers band, The Subterraneans, and Heart FM DJ Russ Morris.
The night’s one and only raffle prize is a money-can’t-buy-experience – a meal for up to six people cooked at the winner’s home by Glynn.
Tickets for what have once again sold out. The only way to attend the live culinary experience is through sponsorship packages.
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