Gary Rhodes Biography
Gary Rhodes OBE was an English television restorer and cook who was known for his penchant for British cuisine and ingredients as well as the distinctive spiked hairstyle he once used.
He directed programs such as MasterChef, MasterChef USA, Hell’s Kitchen and his own series Rhodes Around Britain. In 2006, he joined as representative of the South of England in the Great British Menu of the BBC, but lost to Atul Kochhar.
Sad to hear about Gary Rhodes passing. He was one of the old school tv chefs of the 90’s with a host of restaurants world wide. Also made me want to gel my hair up from the age of about 6 ☺️✌🏻 pic.twitter.com/maOISdvr5c
— Andrew Aitchison (@ThatGuyAitcho) November 27, 2019
Rhodes not only had four restaurants, but also its own set of kitchen utensils and bread mixes.
Rhodes participated in the ITV1 Saturday Cooks program, as well as UKTV Food’s local FoodTV Hero program and television commercials for Flora Margarine, some of which showed he was “driving a large polystyrene foam-crowned van”. They were forbidden.
Rhodes was born in South London in 1960 and moved with his family to Gillingham, where he studied at the Howard School for Boys in Rainham, Kent. After earning a degree in broadcast management, he visited the Restoration University in Thanet, where he met his wife Jennie.
Gary Rhodes Quick Facts
|Born||22 April 1960
|Died||26 November 2019 (aged 59)
|Spouse(s)||Jennie Rhodes (m. 1989)|
|Cooking style||British cuisine|
Gary Rhodes Age
He was 59 years old.
Gary Rhodes Wife
He married to his wife Jennie Rhodes in 1989
Gary Rhodes Children
He has Two Children
Gary Rhodes Career
His first job was at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. In Amsterdam, he was hit by a truck that sustained serious injuries. He then toured Europe on several jobs before becoming a chef at Reform Club Pall Mall and then at the Michelin-starred Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, where he worked with Brian Turner.
Rhodes reached the prestigious position of chef at the Castle Hotel, Taunton in Somerset. He retained the Michelin star of the only 26-year-old hotel.
Rhodes returned to London with his family in 1990 to become head chef at the Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair. The menu became known for reviving British classics, including tails, fish cakes, braised oxtail and sandwiches. In January 1996, he was awarded a Michelin star by the greenhouse.
In 1997 he opened his first restaurant, City Rhodes, and in 1997 Rhodes in the Square, both with the global catering company Sodexho. This partnership has been extended to the brasseries Rhodes and Co in Manchester, Edinburgh and Crawley.
Primarily based on Rhodes Twenty Four in one of London’s tallest buildings, Tower 42, Gary also owns Arcadian Rhodes in the superliners P & O Arcadia, Cumberland Rhodes and Rhodes Calabash in Granada. He also writes for BBC Good Food Magazine.
His first TV appearance was at the age of 27 by courtesy of Glynn Christian in Hot Chefs. This led to Rhodes Around Britain and Gary’s Perfect Christmas.
For two seasons, 2000 and 2001, Rhodes organized the original MasterChef USA on PBS.
Rhodes directed a television series New British Classics that reintroduces classic British cuisine and published a book of the same name.
Rhodes appeared in the BBC2 Shooting Stars parody, where presenter Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer asked him to “show the fire in the middle of the dance”.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on June 17, 2006.
Rhodes starred in the television series Rhodes Across India with apprentices Bushra Akram, Scott Davis and Kalwant Sahota and Rhodes Across China with chefs Melissa Syers and Teresa Tsang.
Gary Rhodes was heavily criticized for his business relationship with Tate & Lyle in the late 1990s, and his recipes backed sugar and molasses products accordingly. His name was strategically printed nationwide on every Tate & Lyle sugar bag. Rhodes partnered with a Cooking in Schools campaign with Flora UK.
Rhodes participated with his partner Karen Hardy in the sixth Strictly Come Dancing series, which began on September 20, 2008. On October 5, 2008, Rhodes was rejected.
In 2011 he moved to Dubai. He was on his way to Rhodes Mezzanine (precursor of Rhodes W1) at Grosvenor House and visited it several times a year. In 2013 he opened his first restaurant in Abu Dhabi.
Gary Rhodes Death and Cause of Death
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 Dubai with his wife Jennie, who was at his bedside when he died.
According to a family statement, he died on Tuesday “with his beloved wife Jennie by his side”.
“The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE,” the statement read.
“The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time.”
Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown tweeted: “So so sad to hear about Gary Rhodes. His banana and syrup loaf was the first thing I baked all on my own. The pages are stuck together with syrup. So much love to his family.”
Author and chef Sabrina Ghayour wrote: “Shocked and really very sad to hear about the passing of Chef Gary Rhodes. Met him through work on several occasions and he was always so inspiring, polite and very kind to my staff and I. He will always remain a British culinary icon never to be forgotten #GaryRhodes
Jaideep Bhatia, PR director of the Grosvenor House Dubai, said Rhodes was working “until the day he died”.
In a statement, Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, where Rhodes worked, said: “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.
“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.”
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
Gary Rhodes restaurants
Rhodes Calabash – is located in the Calabash Hotel in Granada
Arcadian Rhodes – aboard the P & O liner Arcadia
Oriana Rhodes in Curzon – aboard the ocean liner P & O Oriana
Rhodes D7 Restaurant in Dublin – now closed
Rhodes W1 (Grosvenor House and Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Rhodes Twenty10 (Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa and Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Rhodes 44 (St. Regis Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Rhodes in Dome, Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth – He finished his participation in January 2016
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Television chef Gary Rhodes has died aged 59, his family have confirmed
- A statement from his family said he passed away with his wife Jennie by his side
- The chef, a household name in the early 2000’s, moved to Dubai in 2011
- PR director of Grosvenor House Dubai, said he was ‘working until day he died’