Chef Gary Rhodes dies aged 59

British Chef Gary Rhodes has died suddenly at the age of 59.

According to a family statement Rhodes passed away in Dubai on Tuesday. 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.”

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After training at Thanet Technical College and Amsterdam Hilton, Rhodes opened his first restaurant in 1997. He has also appeared on tv on Masterchef, Gordan Ramsey’s Hell’s kitchen and his own show, Rhodes around Britain.

Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, where Rhodes worked at his Rhodes W1 restaurant said in a statement: “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.”

Also leading the tributes online Gordan Ramsay tweeted: “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.”

Fellow chef Tom Kerridge also wrote: “I’m deeply shocked and hugely saddened to hear the tragic news about Gary Rhodes. He is one of the greatest British chefs who almost single handedly put British food on the world stage. Taking simple ingredients, embracing classic dishes and making something world class.

“Many chefs have been through his kitchen, myself included. I consider it to be an honour to have stood alongside him at the pass. My thoughts go out to family and close friends for their huge loss.”


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