DUBAI: Television chef Gary Rhodes died of natural causes in Dubai on Tuesday after “very suddenly falling ill.”
The cook credited with rejuvenating British cuisine passed away with his wife by his bedside. He was 59 years old.
Dubai police said the star died from natural causes. His TV production company said he fell ill during a break in filming for a new series.
A statement from his family said: “The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE.
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
“Gary passed away last evening, Tuesday Nov. 26, 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.”
The British chef and “Masterchef” star moved to the UAE in 2011 where he opened several restaurants .
A statement from the hotel where he worked in Dubai read: “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.
— VOX Cinemas (@voxcinemas) November 27, 2019
“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.”
He also partnered up with the cinema group VOX creating the “Theatre By Rhodes” dining experience. The cinema group took to social media to release a statement.
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
Rhodes was in the middle of filming a new series for Britain’s ITV when he became ill during a break from filming, the production company working on the show said.
“Gary was taken ill very suddenly at home during a break in filming and died a short time afterwards,” Rock Oyster Media and Goldfinch TV said.
“Production was obviously halted as soon as Gary was taken ill and members of the Rock Oyster Team remain in Dubai to support the family as best they can.”
Fellow celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay paid tribute on Twitter describing Rhodes as a “fantasic chef” who put British cuisine on the map.
Rhodes is survived by his wife of 30 years Jennie and their sons Samuel and George.
Celebrities took to Twitter and Instagram to pay their respect.
Very sad to get a message this morning from Dubai informing me of the brilliant Chef and mentor Gary Rhodes passing last night. What a shining star for British gastronomy. Rest well Chef
— Simon Hulstone (@Hulstone) November 27, 2019
So sad to hear Gary Rhodes the British chef died last night at just 59. He was at the forefront of the gastronomy explosion in the 80s, ate at his place many times & just missed my chance to go to his restaurant in Dubai a couple of months ago. My sympathies to his wife & family
— Paul Young (@PaulYoungParlez) November 27, 2019
Fellow chefs also paid tribute online.
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. xx
— Ainsley Harriott (@AinsleyFoods) November 27, 2019
So sad to hear the news of Gary Rhodes passing today. The influence he’s has on chef and restauranteurs over the years has been immense. A true icon of Britain cookery, he will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.x
— Marcus Wareing (@marcuswareing) November 27, 2019
oh my goodness! just heard the tragic news that Gary Rhodes has died. Always a lovely man who gave me great advice when I first started out. Love and thoughts to Jennie and the boys
— simonrimmer (@simonrim) November 27, 2019