Chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59

Dubai: According to a family statement, Rhodes passed away on Tuesday “with his beloved wife Jennie by his side”.

The statement read: “The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time”.

Rhodes passed away in Dubai, where he launched restaurants Rhodes W1 and Rhodes Twenty10.

He began his career at the Amsterdam Hilton, winning his first Michelin star at 26-years old. Rhodes opened his first restaurant in 1997 and was made an OBE in 2006.

His TV work involved appearances on MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen, and MasterChef USA.

Celebrities have taken to social media to pay tributes to Rhodes, including Gordon Ramsay who said: “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 wide and kids. You’ll be missed”.

Writing on Instagram, Jamie Oliver added: “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”.

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