The Big Birmingham Cook-A-Long

Brummie chefs come together to raise awareness of local homelessness scheme

Birmingham City Council is joining forces with Michelin-starred TV chef, Glynn Purnell, to bring you an exciting virtual Cook-A-Long show. The Big Birmingham Cook-A-Long will be held to raise awareness of Change into Action (CIA), an initiative that supports rough sleepers in the city.

The Cook-A-Long will be a weekend-style cooking show featuring a number of local Brummie chefs, who will be cooking their favourite recipes for viewers to recreate at home.

Set up in 2017 by Birmingham City Council, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the Mayor of the West Midlands, CIA is a scheme that works with existing services and charities in the area to provide rough sleepers with a better future. Operating across Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and Walsall, it works to ensure that rough sleepers are identified, known, and offered every form of help.

Aiming to raise awareness of CIA, The Big Birmingham Cook-A-Long will also encourage viewers to donate to the initiative via their website while cooking the delicious recipes along with the talented chefs. Those not able to watch the show live can catch up at a later date, with the video being held on the CIA and Birmingham City Council social channels.

Viewers can expect guest appearances from Councillor Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for Homes and Neighbourhoods at Birmingham City Council, as well as guests from Birmingham-based homelessness charities which have benefited from the help of CIA.

We are very proud to be working with Birmingham City Council on this project, which is hosted in our very own development kitchen in the city centre.

The bespoke professional kitchen in our Birmingham office is home to many of our food projects and has seen the likes of William Curley, Manon Lagrève, Georgina Hayden, James Golding and the BCFC Women, all cooking up a storm.

The Big Birmingham Cook-A-Long will be available to watch on 8th December at 7pm and the link to watch the show can be found here.

Recipes for the Cook-A-Long, and all the information you need to recreate them at home, can also be found here.

To find out more about Change into Action, or to donate to the scheme, visit

To join in on the conversation and share your recipe creations, head to:

Twitter: @BhamCityCouncil

Facebook: @birminghamcitycouncil

Instagram: @bhamcitycouncil

Twitter: @Changein2Action

Facebook: @ChangeIntoAction

You can also follow #CookIntoAction.

A big thank you goes to all the chefs who are getting involved in the Cook-A-Long, as well as The Visuals Team who will be producing the show.

We can’t wait to see your recipe creations, so tune in and get cooking!

Watch along here from 7pm on Tuesday 8th December or tune in below: