Tributes are pouring in for TV chef Gary Rhodes, whose death was announced this morning.
James Martin shared his condolences on Twitter, hailing his friend a genius and a gent.
— James Martin (@jamesmartinchef) November 27, 2019
Gordon Ramsay attributed him with putting British cuisine on the map.
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
Sunday Brunch's Simon Rimmer recalled him offering great advice.
oh my goodness! just heard the tragic news that Gary Rhodes has died. Always a lovely man who gave me great advice when I first started out. Love and thoughts to Jennie and the boys
— simonrimmer (@simonrim) November 27, 2019
Gary, best known for shows including MasterChef and MasterChef USA, died aged 59.
The star is reported to have passed away in Dubai on Tuesday (26.11.19) with his wife Jennie at his side.
In a statement, Gary's 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 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."
Gary, who also appeared on Hell's Kitchen, earned five Michelin Stars during his long career.
The hotel he worked at in Dubai, where he also owned the restaurant Rhodes Twenty10, told MailOnline: "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.
Things were great. He was happy and life was good.
"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."
Speaking to The Sun, a source close to the family said his death had "come as a shock" as he had been "enjoying life" working and living in the United Arab Emirates.
They added: "Things were great. He was happy and life was good. What's happened is devastating for his family."
Gary's TV career also included a stint on Strictly Come Dancing.
He participated in the sixth series of the show in 2008 and was partnered with pro Karen Hardy, but the pair were the third couple eliminated.
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