Gary Rhodes’ cause of death unknown as celebrity chef dies aged 59 in Dubai

Gary Rhodes died last night at the age of 59 after decades of success as a celebrity chef.

The father of two was working right up until he died, with his wife Jennie by his side as he took his last breath.

His cause of death is yet to be confirmed, with his family simply confirming the tragic news in a statement.

"The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE," they said.


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"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."

Gary had been working earlier in the day on Tuesday at his kitchen in Grosvenor House Dubai.

Jaideep Bhatia, PR director of the hotel, told: "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."


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Mr Bhatia said he was unable to confirm any further details about Mr Rhodes' death, as everything else had to come "from the family".

In a separate statement, a spokesperson for the hotel said: "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."

The spiky-haired TV chef came to fame in the early 2000s, fronting shows including MasterChef and Hells Kitchen.

He also competed in the BBC's Great British Menu in 2006 and bagged a record five Michelin stars throughout his career.

Gary moved to Dubai in 2011, revealing that it made sense for his career to really take off.

"I was already coming out between eight and ten times a year, which just got out of hand," he told Gulf News in 2017.

"It was ridiculous, so when the contract came up, I discussed it with my wife and we moved over."

And while he may have had to take a pay cut to set up his two restaurants, Gary insisted at the time it wasn't about having a bulging bank balance.

"It's about being happy — the money is purely a supplement," he added.

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