Tributes paid to culinary legend famous for shows such as MasterChef and Hells Kitchen
The TV chef Gary Rhodes, famous for shows such as MasterChef and Hells Kitchen, has died suddenly at the age of 59.
Rhodes had been in Dubai with his wife, Jennie, who was at his bedside when he died. A production company that was working with Rhodes on a new TV series said he was taken ill during a break in filming.
Rock Oyster Media and Goldfinch TV said in a statement: It is with terrible sadness that we share the news that Gary Rhodes OBE, TV chef, author and restaurateur has died suddenly at the age of 59.Gary was in the middle of filming a wonderful new series with Rock Oyster Media for ITV from his base in Dubai.
All at Rock Oyster Media and Goldfinch are devastated by this tragic news. Gary was taken ill very suddenly at home during a break in filming and died a short time afterwards. 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.
A statement released by the family 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.
Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, where Rhodes worked, said in a statement: The team 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.