Gordon Ramsay leads tributes as celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies aged 59
Gordon Ramsey has led the tributes to celebrity chef Gary Rhodes following his tragic death. Rhodes, who was known for his famously spiky hair, was just 59 when he passed away in Dubai on Tuesday "with his beloved wife Jennie by his side", according to a statement from his family. The cause of his death is as yet unknown.
"The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE," the statement continued. "The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time."
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 Gx pic.twitter.com/RRWlWhjup8— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) November 27, 2019
Following news of Rhodes' death, Ramsay took to Twitter to pay tribute to his peer, writing: "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."
Meanwhile, Jamie Oliver shared his tribute on Instagram, posting a picture of Rhodes and writing: "Sadly Chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away.
My heart felt sympathies to his wife, kids, friends and family, sending love and thoughts ..... Gary was a fantastic chef and incredible ambassador for British cooking, he was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef. He reimagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun. rest in peace Chef."