Dubai-based chef Gary Rhodes dies aged 59

The British chef had Rhodes W1 at Dubai’s Grosvenor House hotel
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Gary Rhodes has died aged 59.
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Gary Rhodes has died aged 59.

British chef Gary Rhodes has died in Dubai aged 59.

The chef, whose restaurants won Michelin stars in the UK in the 1990s, had worked in Dubai for many years and ran the Rhodes W1 restaurant at the Grosvenor House hotel and Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa which had been closed since September.

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His family released a statement confirming the news: “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.”

Rhodes rose to widespread fame as a TV chef including spells hosting MasterChef in the UK and the USA, and was well-known for his spiky hairstyle.

Grosvenor House and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa also released a statement: "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."

The celebrity chef also had a partnership with Vox Cinemas for which he had created a Theatre by Rhodes menu.

Jamie Oliver commented on Instagram: “Sadly chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away. My heart felt sympathies to his wife, kids, friends and family, sending love and thoughts... Gary was a fantastic chef and incredible ambassador for British cooking, he was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef. He reimagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun. Rest in peace chef.”

Gordon 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 Gx"

Rhodes's family confirmed that he died after falling and fatally injuring his head at home.

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