Who was Gary Rhodes? MasterChef star’s wife, children and career – News

 TV chef Gary Rhodes has passed away at the age of 59, with his “beloved wife Jennie” by his side  In a statement, 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 26 November, 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 appeared on many TV shows during his successful career, including Rhodes Around Britain and Hell’s Kitchen  Here is a look back at his career and the family he has left behind. Who was Gary Rhodes?  Gary was born in south London on April 20, 1960, but grew up in Kent  While living in Kent he completed his cookery training at a college in Thanet – where he also met his wife Jennie  Gary and and Jennie tied the knot in 1989, and they have two sons – Samuel and George  They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this year, and Jennie has always supported his culinary career  In order to follow his dream he moved to Amsterdam where he got his first job as a chef at the Hilton hotel  The budding talent’s first job as head chef was at the Castle Hotel in Somerset, which is where he developed a passion for British food  And this enabled him to gain his first Michelin star at the ripe age of 26.  A year later he made his first TV appearance on BBC’s Hot Chefs, and was later given his own cooking show – Rhodes Around Britain  Gary opened his first restaurant in London in 1997, called City Rhodes, followed by Rhodes in The Square – which were both awarded Michelin Stars  He went on to open several restaurants in the UK and abroad.  He also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 with professional dancer Karen Hardy  Gary told the Daily Mail at the time: “It was actually to prove something to my wife, Jennie, as much as anything else  “When Jennie and I have sat watching Strictly at home, I’ve always been the one to point to the dancers and say, ‘I could do better than that’, or ‘That looks easy, if you are shown how to do it’  “Of course, she would roll her eyes and say , ‘Yeah, yeah’. So, in the end, I decided to do the show for her I wanted to prove that I could, for once, do something spontaneous.”  The chef added: “After 30 years of being together and 30 years of me never dancing to any song at a party, I really wanted to learn enough to take my own wife in my arms and be her partner ”  Gary received an OBE in 2006, and in 2011 he moved to Dubai for work.  At the time of his death, Gary also ran restaurants at two hotels – the Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa  Jaideep Bhatia, PR director of the Grosvenor House Dubai, said: “He was working until the day he died He was working until Tuesday.”

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