Gary Rhodes OBE the celebrity chef has died aged 59 in Dubai with his beloved wife Jennie by his side.
Rhodes ran two restaurants in Dubai, Rhodes Twenty10 and Rhodes W1. Jaideep Bhatia, PR director of the Grosvenor House Dubai, which housed Rhodes W1, said he was working “until the day he died.”
In a statement, Grosvenor House Dubai and the Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa said: “The team are devastated to hear of the tragic passing of Chef Gary Rhodes OBE.
“Not only has the industry lost a true culinary legend, we have also lost an inspirational human being and a very dear friend.
“No words can express our sadness at Gary’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rhodes family.”
The family said in a statement to the Caterer, “The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE.
“Gary passed away last evening, Tuesday 26 November 2019, at the age of 59, with his beloved wife Jennie by his side. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time.”
Rhodes work included appearances on Masterchef, Hell’s Kitchen and he had his own TV series, Rhodes Around Britain. The Michelin-starred chef also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.
Gordon Ramsay paid tribute to Rhodes, he said on Twitter, “We lost a fantastic chef today in Gary Rhodes. He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map. Sending all the love and prayers to your wife and kids. You’ll be missed.”
Ainsley Harriott said, “So sad to hear the news about Gary Rhodes. A true culinary icon and a lovely man. Sending my love and thoughts to his wife Jennie and their boys. RIP, my friend.”
Jamie Oliver said, “Gary was a fantastic chef and incredible ambassador for British cooking, he was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef. He re-imagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun. rest in peace Chef.”