TV chef Gary Rhodes, aged 59-years-old, has passed away whilst in Dubai with wife Jennie by his side.
On Tuesday evening, November 26, the famous TV chef passed away unexpectedly with wife Jennie at his bedside.
Gary shot to fame after fronting shows such as MasterChef, MasterChef USA, Hell’s Kitchen and Rhodes Around Britain.
As well as being known for his impressive skills in the kitchen, Gary was also known for his iconic spikey hairdo.
Gary has left behind his heartbroken family, who had to share the news of his death.
The statement by the family reads: “The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE.
“Gary passed away last evening 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.”
As well as leaving behind wife Jennie, Gary has also left his two children Samuel and George.
During his career, Gary was a leading chef of four of his own restaurants, two of which were based in Dubai – House Dubai and Le Royal Meridian Beach Resort and Spa.
Known for his love of British cuisine, Gary earned him himself a record five Michelin stars throughout his career.
His career began with his head chef role at the Castle Hotel in Somerset. At the age of 26, he earned first Michelin star.
Gary is also the author of over 18 cookery books and his peers often referred to him as “The Chef’s Chef”.
Gary left the UK around 2010 in pursuit of a new life with his family in Dubai, and he owned a steakhouse restaurant called Rhodes Twenty10.
A message on the restaurant’s website stated: “Closed from 16th September until further notice.”
A statement has been released by the Dubai hotel that he worked in, which 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, but 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.”
People have taken to Twitter to share their condolences.
Rest in peace a true British classic Gary Rhodes you open the door for so many young English cooks
— Daniel Clifford (@Midsummerchef) November 27, 2019
Very sad to get a message this morning from Dubai informing me of the brilliant Chef and mentor Gary Rhodes passing last night. What a shining star for British gastronomy. Rest well Chef
— Simon Hulstone (@Hulstone) November 27, 2019