Gary Rhodes Biography
Gary Rhodes OBE (22 April 1960 – 26 November 2019) was an English restaurateur and television chef, known for his love of British cuisine and the distinctive spiked hair style that he once wore.
He has fronted shows such as MasterChef, MasterChef USA, Hell’s Kitchen, and his own series, Rhodes Around Britain. In 2006 he competed to represent the South of England in the BBC’s Great British Menu, but lost to Atul Kochhar.
As well as owning four restaurants, Rhodes also has his own line of cookware and bread mixes.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) November 27, 2019
Rhodes went on the feature in the ITV1 programme Saturday Cooks, as well as the UKTV Food show Local Food Hero and in television adverts for Flora margarine, some of which featured him “driving a van topped with a giant styrofoam crumpet” which were banned.
Gary Rhodes Early Life
Born in south London in 1960, Rhodes moved with his family to Gillingham where he went to The Howard School for Boys in Rainham, Kent. He then went on to catering college in Thanet where he met his wife Jennie.
— Mirror Breaking News (@MirrorBreaking_) November 27, 2019
Gary Rhodes Career
His first job was at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. He was hit by a transit van in Amsterdam leaving him with serious injuries. He then toured Europe in various jobs before becoming sous chef at the Reform Club, Pall Mall and then on to the Michelin-starred Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge where he worked under Brian Turner.
Rhodes achieved the prestigious Head Chef position at the Castle Hotel, Taunton in Somerset. He retained the hotel’s Michelin star, at just 26 years of age.
In 1990 Rhodes returned to London with his family to become Head Chef at the Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair. The menu became known for reviving British classics, including faggots, fish cakes, braised oxtails and bread and butter pudding. He was awarded a Michelin star for the Greenhouse in January 1996.
In 1997 he opened his first restaurant, City Rhodes, and in 1997 Rhodes in the Square – both with global contract catering company Sodexho. This partnership expanded into the brasseries of Rhodes and Co in Manchester, Edinburgh and Crawley.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies, aged 59 https://t.co/r0Z5XeW0WN
— The Independent (@Independent) November 27, 2019
Based primarily at Rhodes Twenty Four in one of London’s tallest buildings, Tower 42, Gary also owns Arcadian Rhodes on the P&O superliner Arcadia, Cumberland Rhodes, and Rhodes Calabash, in Grenada. He is also a contributor to BBC Good Food magazine.
Gary Rhodes Restaurants
- Rhodes Calabash – located in the Calabash hotel, in Grenada
- Arcadian Rhodes – aboard the P&O liner Arcadia
- Oriana Rhodes at the Curzon – aboard the P&O liner Oriana
- Rhodes D7 Restaurant in Dublin – now closed
- Rhodes W1, [ Grosvenor House ], [ Dubai – United Arab Emirates ]
- Rhodes Twenty10, [ Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa ], [ Dubai – United Arab Emirates ]
- Rhodes 44 [ St. Regis Abu Dhabi ],[ Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates ]
- Rhodes at the Dome, Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth – Ended involvement in Jan 2016
Gary Rhodes Death News
- 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
Television chef Gary Rhodes has died aged 59, his family have confirmed.
A statement from his family said: ‘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.’