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British Chef and TV personality, Gary Rhodes OBE has sadly passed away at the age of 59. The news came this morning after a statement was released by his family.

Gary sadly passed away in Dubai on Tuesday 26th November

A statement from the family confirmed that Gary sadly died on Tuesday with his wife by his side. The statement read:

The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE. The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time.

Rhodes family statement

Restaurants to close until 1st December as a sign of respect

Rhodes spent much of his time in Dubai after opening two restaurants in the city. The first was Rhodes Twenty10 in Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa followed by Rhodes W1 in Grosvenor House Hotel. Both restaurants will be closed as a sign of respect until 1st December. Later he launched a luxury dining experience inside Vox cinemas, with Theatre by Rhodes.

Chef Lee Adams, pictured with Gary, worked closely with him in both the UK and in his restaurants here in Dubai. He said,

Chef Gary was a perfectionist, and one of the most influential people in my whole cooking career; taking me under his wing and nurturing me for 10 years, giving me chances to open restaurants for him. For the world of British Cuisine to lose such a legend is truly heartbreaking. He will be sadly missed and my love goes out to both his immediate and culinary family at this time.

Chef Lee Adams

Tributes from those in the culinary and celebrity world have flooded in, with many well known chefs and restaurateurs thanking him for his contribution to British food throughout his long career.

Gary had been working on a TV show about the region

We got the chance to meet Gary earlier this year, where he revealed that he was working on a TV show to be aired in the UK next year. He told us the focus would be on the food scene in the UAE and wider Middle East region.

It is certainly a great tragedy to lose this talented and well loved chef who has contributed so much to Dubai and the culinary world over the years. Our personal thoughts and heartfelt wishes go out to his family:

It was a real honour for Dubailad to interview Gary Rhodes, he was a true inspiration to so many, the culinary industry has lost a legend. Our condolences go out to his family.

Vip Patel – Managing Partner at Dubailad
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