Dubai-based Michelin star chef Gary Rhodes.
PHOTO BY EXPAT MEDIA
DUBAI – Dubai-based celebrity chef Gary Rhodes “collapsed” at his home and died due to natural causes, according to a newspaper report.
The Michelin star chef died in Dubai on November 26. He was 59. According to Dubai Police, he “died of natural causes”.
Khaleej Times quoted Jaideep Bhatia, PR head of Grosvenor House in Dubai, as saying that Rhodes had arrived home from filming of his new TV show prior to the incident.
“After a great day shooting for his show on ITV, Gary came home in good spirits, had a bath, and then dinner with his wife Jennie. It was while preparing for bed that he collapsed,” Bhati said.
He dismissed reports that Rhodes fell and got injured during filming.
Bhati said that Rhodes was taken to Al Zahra Hospital where he died due to “subdural haemetoma”, a type of bleeding where blood collects between the skull and the surface of the brain.
On Wednesday, Rhodes family confirmed news of his death, saying that the chef died “with his beloved wife Jennie by his side”.
Rhodes’ restaurant in Grosvenor House, Rhodes W1, will remain closed for the week as a mark of respect.
Rhodes, a Michelin-star chef, ran successful restaurants at Dubai hotels Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa. He also curated the special menu of Vox Cinemas” Gold by Rhodes class, telling Expatmedia.net in a previous interview that he is excited to create a whole new menu for another theatre dining concept.
He wouldn’t comment on his most favourite dish, but said that his favourite on the Gold by Rhodes menu was the eggplant bowl, describing it as “divine”.
Rhodes, who was born in South London in 1960, had loved cooking ever since he was a teenager. He earned his first Michelin star at The Castle Hotel in Taunton at the age of 26. In 2004, he ventured overseas with the opening of a restaurant in Grenada. The year 2007 brought him to Dubai where he opened Rhodes Mezzanine at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai. In 2010, he opened Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Meridien in Dubai. ICA/Expat Media
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