Celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes Has Died Aged 59
TV chef Gary Rhodes has aged 59 in Dubai.
The Rhodes family confirmed that the chef, famous for his appearances on MasterChef, Rhodes Around Britain, and Saturday Cooks, died with his wife by his side in Dubai yesterday.
A statement from the family read: "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 26th 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 made his name working at hotels such as the Castle Hotel in Taunton - retaining a Michelin star at just 26 years old 0 and the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge.
He then became famous for his re-imagining of British classic dishes during his time as head chef at the Greenhouse Restaurant in London's Mayfair.
As well as being a successful restaurateur, Rhodes - who was to become famous for his trademark spiky hairstyle - started a television career aged 27 and went on to become one of the UK's most recognisable and respected TV chefs.
As well as hosting the UK and USA versions of MasterChef, he presented shows such as New British Classics, and Rhodes Across China.
He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2006, then moved to Dubai to run the Rhodes Mezzanine restaurant out of the Grosvenor Hotel in 2011.
The hotel released a statement following the news that said: "The team at Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa 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."
As well as appearing on food and cooking shows, Rhodes was well known outside his field as well.
He appeared on Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer's anarchic comedy quiz show Shooting Stars, as well as featuring on the 2008 edition of Strictly Come Dancing.
Rhodes was also an author of many books and earned the nickname 'The Chef's Chef' from his peers.
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