Gary is one of Britain’s biggest cooking personalities. He is an English restaurateur, cookery writer, and chef, known for his love of British cuisine. He has fronted shows such as Master Chef, Master Chef USA, Hell’s Kitchen, and his own series, Rhodes Around Britain.
He was born in south London in 1960, his family moved to Gillingham where he went to The Howard School for Boys in Rainham, Kent. He then went on to catering college in Thanet where he met his wife Jennie.
He later toured Europe in various jobs before becoming sous chef at the Reform Club, Pall Mall and then on to the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, earning it a Michelin Star in 2001.
Gary Rhodes achieved the prestigious Head Chef position at the Castle Hotel, Taunton in Somerset and retained the hotel’s Michelin star, at just 26 years of age.
In 1990 Rhodes returned to London with his family to become Head Chef at the Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair. The menu became known for reviving British classics, including faggots, fish cakes, braised oxtails and bread and butter pudding. He was awarded a Michelin star for the Greenhouse in January 1996.
In 1997 he opened his first restaurant City Rhodes, and in 1997 Rhodes in the Square – both with global contract catering company Sodexho. This partnership expanded into the brasseries of Rhodes and Co in Manchester, Edinburgh and Crawley.
Based primarily at Rhodes Twenty Four in one of London’s tallest buildings, Tower 42, Gary also owns Arcadian Rhodes on the P&O superliner Arcadia, Cumberland Rhodes, and Rhodes Calabash, in Grenada.
Gary has become a familiar face on television with a number of successful appearances. His first was at the age of 27, courtesy of Glynn Christian on Hot Chefs. This led to Rhodes Around Britain and Gary’s Perfect Christmas. For two seasons, 2000 and 2001, he hosted the original MasterChef USA on PBS.
Rhodes has also completed a series exploring Chinese cuisine called Rhodes Across China with Sous Chefs Melissa Syers and Teresa Tsang.
His media profile was boosted when he competed with partner Karen Hardy in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing which began on 20 September 2008.
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As well as owning four restaurants, Rhodes also has his own line of cookware and bread mixes.
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