Gary Rhodes has died at the age of 59, his family confirmed today.
In a statement they revealed that the TV chef passed away on Tuesday evening 'with his beloved wife Jennie by his side'.
The couple – who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this year – – moved to Dubai nine years ago where Gary ploughed his Michelin star talents into making Rhodes Mezzanine a success.
Gary previously revealed he was making 'between eight and ten' trips to the United Arab Emirates a year before Jennie decided to join him with a permanent move.
Loyal Jennie had been by Gary's side since he was a humble trainee chef at a local catering college in his hometown of Kent.
After ten happy years together the couple went on to tie the knot in 1989 and have two sons, Samuel and George.
From his early beginnings, Jennie supported Gary as his culinary career grew from his first head chef job at the Castle Hotel in Somerset to gaining his first Michelin star at the age of just 26.
Gary went on to become a household name after a guest spot on BBC cookery show Hot Chefs led to his own TV show Rhodes Around Britain.
Enormous success followed with Gary opening two restaurants within 12 months in 1997. His empire grew with more restaurants springing up from Edinburgh to Grenada to a luxury cruise ship.
In 2008, Gary admitted he wanted to do something out of his comfort box and purely for wife Jennie – and signed up for an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing .
He told the Mail at the time: "It was actually to prove something to my wife, Jennie, as much as anything else. When Jennie and I have sat watching Strictly at home, I've always been the one to point to the dancers and say, "I could do better than that", or "That looks easy, if you are shown how to do it". Of course, she would roll her eyes and say , "Yeah, yeah". So, in the end, I decided to do the show for her. I wanted to prove that I could, for once, do something spontaneous."
He added: "After 30 years of being together and 30 years of me never dancing to any song at a party, I really wanted to learn enough to take my own wife in my arms and be her partner."
While Gary , who was partnered with Karen Hauer, would admit he could hardly be described as a 'natural mover' after his exit he vowed to continue learning and together with wife Jennie, booked dancing lessons.
"It's something for the two of us to share. It's so easy to get caught up with work and life and not take time out as a couple, so I am looking forward to it," he admitted.
Gary's references to Jennie during his time on the show was a departure from his usual stance, which saw him fiercely keep his marriage out of the spotlight.
"I can't stand the fanfare of people renewing vows for the cameras and magazines. We are a married couple and we are happy together, so we don't have to make a huge display of it for other people," he previously said.
However Gary said he was still a 'romantic' behind closed doors and revealed he and Jennie had a tradition of waking up early together to have a chat before starting their day.
"Sometimes, if I get up at 4.30 and she is still asleep, I'll write a little note to her and leave it beside the bed, with a drink. It gives me a real lift to think of her waking up, reading it and smiling," said Gary.
In Gary's final moments, it had been his teenage sweetheart Jennie who stayed by his side.
The full 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.'
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