CELEBRITY British chef Gary Rhodes has died suddenly at the age of 59. The cook, made famous for his role on MasterChef, is said to have died unexpectedly last night (November 26) in Dubai with his wife by his bedside.
The death of the father-of-two, who moved to the UAE in recent years for work, is said to have come as a shock to his family.
Rhodes was best known for appearing on programmes such as MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef USA. In addition to owning four restaurants, two of which are in Dubai, the chef had his own line of cooking equipment.
His devastated family released a statement which read:
“The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE.
“Gary passed away last evening 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.”
A statement from the hotel where he worked in Dubai has also been released, stating:
“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.”
Rhodes, who was born in South London in 1960, opened his first restaurant in 1997 named City Rhodes.