TV chef Gary Rhodes, famous for presenting cookery shows MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen, has died at the age of 59.
The television star’s family confirmed the news today in a statement.
Gary was described as a “culinary legend” by colleagues at the Dubai resort where he worked.
The statement from his 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, 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.”
A statement from the hotel where the TV personality worked in Dubai also read: “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.”
Gary, who was married to his wife Jennie for 40 years, moved to Dubai in 2011.
The couple had two children Samuel and George.
London-born Gary became the head chef at the Castle Hotel in Somerset at the age of 26 and retained the hotel’s Michelin star.
The following year he made his first TV appearance which led to him landing his own show called Rhodes Around Britain in 1994.
Gary’s Perfect Christmas followed in 1998.
The television star later hosted the original series of MasterChef USA and a string of other cookery shows.
Take a look at the TV chef’s life in pictures.