Chef Gary Rhodes has died - the restaurant world reacts

Chef Gary Rhodes has died


Shocking news this morning from Dubai as we hear that popular TV chef Gary Rhodes has died. The chef, who was just 59 and had moved to work in Dubai in 2011 died last night with his wife by his side. A family statement says:

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.

A statement issued by the hotel where he had his restaurant Rhodes W1 (he also had Rhodes Twenty 20 at Le Royal Meridien) said:

"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 trained under Brian Turner at the Capital, got his first big job in London as head chef of the Greenhouse restaurant in Mayfair in 1990. And it's there he did so much to revive great British classics like bread and butter pudding. He won his first Michelin Star at 26, and gained his second in 1996 for the Greenhouse in Mayfair. 

In 1997 he opened City Rhodes and then Rhodes Twenty Four (where Jason Atherton's City Social now is). He also fronted several TV shows and published cookbooks too.

Busy to the very end, in a recent interview, the chef revealed his plans to revisit his famous TV series Rhodes around Britain 25 years later.

"I want to do the series all over again," he told Dram magazine, "but with a 25-year gap. I’d like to see how has the UK changed, and what has happened on the culinary scene... The young of today were either babies or not born when I did the original series." We'd have loved to have seen that.

Already chefs are taking to social media to react to the news and, one thing has been made abundantly clear from their posts; Rhodes was hugely respected, very well liked and a huge inspiration to the many chefs who trained under him and worked with him. He will be very much missed.






















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10 years ago I worked in Gary’s kitchen at Rhodes 24. He wasn’t there an awful lot by this stage (something I more that understand now). When I did see him it was usually at 6am arriving still dressed in a tuxedo from the night before. But every time he spoke to me he did so with the sort of positive attitude that I felt was missing a lot from our industry at that time. I came to his kitchen a broken lost soul having been bullied into a state of almost total emotional shutdown by my last job and almost ready to quit. Not for a second did they go easy on me but instead worked me an till I found my rhythm and kept the pressure up till all my muscle memory kicked in and I just got it. I owe a lot to him and his kitchen as without him I wouldn’t be here. RIP Gary , much love, sorry for all the risottos I fucked xx

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