Dubai: Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, who helped transform the stodgy reputation of British food, has died aged 59 with his wife Jennie by his side, his family said.
Rhodes' family said in a statement that he died on Tuesday, but did not elaborate on the cause of death, saying only that they thanked everyone for their support and asked for privacy during this time.
Fellow celebrity chefs from around the world expressed their sympathies to Rhodes' family and children, and praised Rhodes for his life's work.
On Instagram, British chef Jamie Oliver said Rhodes "was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef. He reimagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun."
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 🙏
Another fellow British 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."
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 pic.twitter.com/RRWlWhjup8— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) November 27, 2019
Starting in the 1990s, Rhodes ran innovative British restaurants in London and beyond. He was a star in the TV show Hell's Kitchen and fronted MasterChef and Rhodes Around Britain. He also authored several cookbooks.
The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi reported Rhodes had been residing in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, since 2010, and was known for his dine-in menu at cinemas across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He had been seen just last week filming a TV show in Dubai, the newspaper reported.
A statement issued by Marriott's Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien in Dubai, where he operated restaurants, said staff there were "devastated" by the death of "a true culinary legend."