Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, a ‘gent and genius’, dies aged 59

Gary Rhodes, the TV chef "who put British cuisine on the map", has died at the age of 59.

The culinary world paid tribute to the celebrity chef, best known for shows like MasterChef, Ready Steady Cook and Hell's Kitchen.

His family did not say how he died on Tuesday in Dubai, which had become his home.

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File photo dated 02/12/11 of Gary Rhodes in his pop-up restaurant at the Taste of Christmas food and drink festival at ExCeL Centre, London. TV Chef Gary Rhodes, 59, passed away on Tuesday evening, his family have announced.
Prince Charles meets TV chef Gary Rhodes. The Prince of Wales, Patron, The Academy of Culinary Arts, and The Duchess of Cornwall attend a �Chefs Adopt a School� event. TRH watched a cookery demonstration and met chefs and students involved in the programme before attending a reception for supporters, St George�s CE Primary School, South Street, London.
Gary Rhodes arrives at the gala opening night of Varekai by the Cirque Du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Chefs Gary Rhodes, left, and Alvin Leung with Miss China runner-up Belinda Duong, on London's Millennium Bridge, to promote Hong Kong Food and Wine Year.
Left to right. Chef judges Heston Blumenthal, Michel Roux Jnr and Gary Rhodes during the final of the Roux Scholarship at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London.
Chef Gary Rhodes at Channel 4 Presents TASTE of London, food festival held in Regent's Park, London.
Chef Gary Rhodes proudly shows off his OBE awarded for services to the hospitality industry in Buckingham Palace, in central London following an Investiture cremony held by the Queen.
Gary Rhodes and designer Kelly Hoppen arrive for the launch of Gary Rhodes new restaurant, 'Rhodes W1 Restaurant', in central London.
Gary Rhodes at the Music Industry Trust Awards 2006 at the Grosvenor House on October 30, 2006 in London. Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes opens his new 250-seat brasserie, Rhodes D7, at the Capel Building, Dublin.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes opens his new 250-seat brasserie, Rhodes D7, at the Capel Building, Dublin.
Chef Gary Rhodes attending the Pet Shop Boys in concert at the Tower of London, central London.
Gary Rhodes arriving at the TV recording of the 2005 TV Moments show, BBC Television Centre, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Celebrity Chef Gary Rhodes launches his new cook book 'Keeping It Simple', at Selfridges, central London, MOnday 12 September 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Andy Butterton/PA
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes.
Chefs Gary Rhodes and Jean Christophe Novelli at the British Soap Awards 2005, BBC Television Centre, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes poses with one of his dessert creations at Somerset House in central London, during the 'Taste Of London' four-day extravaganza, which opened its doors today to celebrate the best London has to offer in food, drink and entertainment. The event will run until Sunday.
Chef Gary Rhodes, Neil Ruddock and Lord Brockett at a lunch for the I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here contestants at Gary Rhodes restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four, at Tower 42 in the City of London.
Chef Gary Rhodes (far right) hosts a lunch for the I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here contestants (L-R) Jenny Bond and her daughter Emma, Neil 'Razor' Ruddock and his wife Sarah, Diane Modahl, Lord Brockett, Alex Best and Vicente (standing, partner of Diane), at his restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four, at Tower 42 in the City of London.
Chef Gary Rhodes inside the kitchen during the launch of his restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four, located on the 24th floor of the City of London's most impressive and tallest building Tower 42. Rhodes promises to bring back traditional British Cuisine in an outstanding location, with its stunning views across the capital.
Chef Gary Rhodes enjoys a glass of champagne during the launch of his restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four located on the 24th floor of the City of London's most impressive and tallest building Tower 42 on Old Broad Street. Rhodes promises to bring back traditional British Cuisine in an outstanding location, with its stunning views across the capital.
Tv chef Gary Rhodes and family attending the launch of Madonna's book for children "The English Rose".
Chef, Gary Rhodes arrives at the premiere of The Hulk at the Empire cinema in London's Leicester Square.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes gives a cooking masterclass to children from St Peter's CofE Primary School in Hammersmith, west London on a special 'Cooking Bus' during a photocall to launch 'Focus on Food Week'. * Focus on Food - the UK's leading food education programme for schools, holds the Tastebud Challenge annually, enabling schools around the country to celebrate cooking in their classrooms.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes at the celebrity screening of the film The Road to El Dorado in central London.
HELLO OUT: Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes and his wife Jenny arriving at the Moet & Chandon London Restaurant Awards, presented by Carlton Television at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
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Grosvenor House Dubai told the PA news agency the Michelin-starred chef was working "until the day he died".

His family said in a statement: "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."

Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and James Martin were among the cookery stars to pay tribute to "gent and genius" Rhodes, who was known for his distinctive, spiky hairstyle.

Oliver said: "Sadly, chef Gary Rhodes passed away. My heartfelt sympathies to his wife, kids, friends and family, sending love and thoughts."

He posted on Instagram: "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."

Ramsay wrote on Twitter: "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."

Martin wrote: "Hugely influential in my life and the life of the British food scene. Gent and genius...RIP Gary, I can't believe you're gone."

Ainsley Harriott wrote: "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."

Jaideep Bhatia, PR director of the Grosvenor House Dubai, told the PA news agency the star 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."

Rhodes was known as an ambassador for British cuisine.

He received five Michelin stars during his career, appeared on the Great British Menu and took part in Strictly Come Dancing.

The hotels where Rhodes worked, Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort And Spa, said in a statement: "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."

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