Gary Rhodes OBE has passed away at the age of 59.
The TV chef died yesterday evening (Tuesday 26 November) with his wife Jennie by his side. He was in Dubai, which is where he’s lived since 2011.
His family released a statement sharing the tragic news. It 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, 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.”
Gary has been working at Grosvenor House and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, and they also issued 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.”
Jamie Oliver has lead tributes to the chef. Alongside three images of Gary – one showing his trademark spiky hair – Jamie wrote: “Sadly TV chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away. My heartfelt 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 Ramsey has also taken to Instagram to pay tribute to Gary. He wrote: "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"
Jaideep Bhatia, PR director of the Grosvenor House Dubai, told the PA news agency Mr Rhodes was working “until the day he died”.
He said: “He arrived in Dubai in 2007 and had two restaurants, Rhodes 2010 at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, and Rhodes W1 at the Grosvenor.
“He was working until the day he died. He was working until Tuesday.”
The cause of death is not yet known.
Gary was best-known for appearing on cooking shows like Ready Steady Cook and Masterchef, and also fronted his own TV series: Rhodes around Britain.
Our thoughts are with Gary’s family at this sad time.