Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes has died, it was announced this morning.
Mr Rhodes, aged 59, passed away yesterday evening in Dubai. He has a long association with the city, where he launched restaurants such as Rhodes W1 and Rhodes Twenty10.
The Independent said it had received a statement from his family confirming the news.
“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.”
Mr Rhodes was best known for his involvement in programmes such as MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef USA.
He started his career with the Hilton and won his first Michelin star at just 26-years-old. He went on to launch a number of leading restaurants across the UK and was awarded an OBE in 2006.
He also had his own line of cookware and bread mixes.
Tributes to Mr Rhodes were pouring in on social media this morning.
Gordon Ramsay led the tributes to Rhodes, writing on Twitter: “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.”