Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes has died at the age of 59.
The TV personality passed away last night while he was on holiday in Dubai, where he has a restaurant.
A statement released by the family read: “The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE.
“Gary passed away last evening 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.”
A statement from the hotel where he worked said: “The team at Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa are devastated to hear of the tragic passing of Chef Gary Rhodes OBE.
“Not only has the industry lost a true culinary legend, we have also lost an inspirational human being and a very dear friend.
“No words can express our sadness at Gary’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rhodes family.”
Tributes have flooded in for the Michelin-starred chef who also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.
Gordon Ramsay tweeted: “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.”
TV chef James Martin posted: “Hugely influential in my life and the life of the British food scene. Gent and genius…RIP Gary, I can’t believe you’re gone.”
Simon Hulstone tweeted: “Very sad to get a message this morning from Dubai informing me of the brilliant Chef and mentor Gary Rhodes passing last night. What a shining star for British gastronomy. Rest well Chef.”
Daniel Clifford posted: “Rest in peace a true British classic Gary Rhodes you open the door for so many young English cooks.”