Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side

FILE - In this June 16, 2005, file photo, celebrity chef Gary Rhodes poses for photographs at the launch of the "Taste of London" festival in the city's Regent's Park. The family of British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes said Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, that he has died at the age of 59 with his wife Jennie by his side.

Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, who helped transform the stodgy reputation of British food, has died at 59 with his wife Jennie by his side, his family said Wednesday.

Rhodes’ family said in a statement that he died Tuesday, but did not elaborate on the cause of death.

Fellow celebrity chefs from around the world praised Rhodes for his life’s work.

On Instagram, British chef Jamie Oliver said Rhodes “was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef. He reimagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun.”

Another fellow British chef, Gordon Ramsay, tweeted: “We lost a fantastic chef today in Gary Rhodes. He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map. ”

Starting in the 1990s, Rhodes ran innovative British restaurants. He was a star in the TV show “Hell’s Kitchen” and fronted “MasterChef” and “Rhodes Around Britain.”

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