Chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 in Dubai

GARY RHODES, the celebrity chef known for his spiky hair and passion for British cuisine, has died at the age of 59 while working in Dubai.
A family statement said: “He died on Tuesday with his beloved wife Jennie by his side. 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.”
Gary, born in south London in 1960, grew up in Kent and trained at Thanet Technical College.
His first professional job was at the Amsterdam Hilton, where he began to experiment with nouvelle cuisine. And he opened his first restaurant in 1997 and was made an OBE in 2006.
His TV work included appearances on Masterchef, Hell’s Kitchen and his own series, Rhodes Around Britain. He was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.
Gary ran two restaurants in Dubai: Rhodes W1 and Rhodes Twenty10.
Jaideep Bhatia, PR director of the Grosvenor House Dubai, which housed Rhodes W1, said: “Gary was working until the day he died.”
Gordon Ramsay led the tributes son Twitter, writing: “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.”
Jamie Oliver added on Instagram: “Gary was a fantastic chef and an 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.”
Great British “Bake Off” winner Candice Brown tweeted: “So, so sad to hear about Gary Rhodes. His banana and syrup loaf was the first thing I baked all on my own. The pages are stuck together with syrup. So much love to his family.”
Ainsley Harriott added: “So sad to hear the news about Gary Rhodes. A true culinary icon and a lovely man. Sending my love and thoughts to his wife Jennie and their boys. RIP, my friend.”
In a statement, Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, where Rhodes worked, said: “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, 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.”

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