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Masterchef star Gary Rhodes dies suddenly aged 59

 

TV chef Gary Rhodes has died aged 59, his family have confirmed. 

A statement from his family said: “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.”

Gary Rhodes December 1999 New British Classics

It is not yet known how Gary died.

A statement from the hotel where he worked in Dubai 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.”

Chef Gary Rhodes prepares to cook his dishes for a St David’s Day 2017 reception at the British Embassy in Dubai.

Spiky haired Gary fronted shows such as Masterchef and Hells Kitchen.

In 2006 he competed in the BBC’s Great British Menu.

Born in south London in 1960, his family moved to Gillingham, Kent. He went to catering college in Thanet which is where he met his wife Jennie.

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He was known for his love of British cuisine and earned a record five Michelin Stars throughout his career. He was the author of more than 18 cookery books.

As well as owning four restaurants, Rhodes also had his own line of cookware and bread mixes.

His first TV appearance was at the age of 27, courtesy of Glynn Christian on Hot Chefs. This led to Rhodes Around Britain and Gary’s Perfect Christmas.

Gary Rhodes in his pop-up restaurant at the Taste of Christmas food and drink festival at ExCeL Centre, London

Rhodes ran a TV series New British Classics reintroducing classic British Cuisine , and published a book of the same name.

In 2008 he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing but was the third celebrity to be voted off. He moved to Dubai in 2011.   

He owned a steakhouse restaurant called Rhodes Twenty10. A message on its website reads: ‘Closed from 16th September until further notice.’ Its Facebook page has not been updated since September 8.


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