Poignant footage shows chef Gary Rhodes carefree just hours before he died in Dubai

Gary Rhodes filmed some poignant scenes overlooking a sunset from sand dunes in Dubai for a new TV show on the day he died. 

The 59-year-old celebrity chef was preparing a new daytime cookery show when he died suddenly in November. 

However, some of the footage from the project will be used in a new ITV documentary on his life – Gary Rhodes: The First Rock Star Chef. 

TV chef Gary Rhodes was filming a new TV cookery show on the day he collapsed in Dubai

TV chef Gary Rhodes was filming a new TV cookery show on the day he collapsed in Dubai

TV chef Gary Rhodes was filming a new TV cookery show on the day he collapsed in Dubai

The celebrity chef, who spent the past decade in Dubai, was planning a return to daytime TV

The celebrity chef, who spent the past decade in Dubai, was planning a return to daytime TV

The celebrity chef, who spent the past decade in Dubai, was planning a return to daytime TV

The chef, renowned for his spiky hair, suffered a subdural haematoma just hours after this footage was filmed. He died two days later

The chef, renowned for his spiky hair, suffered a subdural haematoma just hours after this footage was filmed. He died two days later

The chef, renowned for his spiky hair, suffered a subdural haematoma just hours after this footage was filmed. He died two days later

The documentary is narrated by his close friend Ainsley Harriott, who tells the audience: ‘As the sun set on what would have been his final day of filming, Gary felt on top of the world.

‘Later that evening at home with [wife] Jennie, Gary collapsed and was rushed to hospital suffering from a subdural haematoma.

‘Two days later, and with his family at his bedside, he died.’

At the time of his death, Rhodes was planning a return to UK TV screens having spent the past decade living in Dubai.  

The father-of-two collapsed suddenly at home in Dubai on November 26 and passed away shortly afterwards in hospital with his family at his bedside.

He had shown no signs of illness and had spent weeks enjoying filming for a new ITV series ‘Delicious Dubai’ which is set be screened in the New Year.

The Michelin star chef was later confirmed to have died from subdural haematoma, which is a bleed on the brain.

ITV will use the footage of his final scenes in a documentary on his eventful life

ITV will use the footage of his final scenes in a documentary on his eventful life

ITV will use the footage of his final scenes in a documentary on his eventful life

Days before his death he was filming at the Dubai restaurant of British chef Vineet Bhatia and told him: ‘Life couldn’t be better.’

The Camberwell-born chef, who fronted several TV shows including Rhodes Across India, MasterChef, MasterChef USA, Hell’s Kitchen, and Rhodes Around Britain, was one of Britain’s best-loved chefs and I am known for his mastery cooking and his spiky hair.

In 2006 he was made an OBE and two years later appeared on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. 

Tributes flooded in for the chef – who celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary last year and got his first Michelin star when he was 26 – as he was hailed a ‘gent and genius’ and ‘the first rock star of cooking.’

His son George posted a series of pictures of the family on his Instagram last year, with the words: ‘My dad was the most loving caring man who himself and others around him to be the best they could possibly be. 

‘I miss you so much already. Love you dad.’

His brother Chris said he had ‘not only lost a brother but a best friend too’ adding: ‘Gary you will always be by my side in my thoughts but most of all in my heart. 

‘The times I have spent with you have been some of the most special in my life. Rest in Peace beloved man – love you always.’ 

‘Gary was a fantastic chef and incredible ambassador for British cooking, he was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef.  

‘He reimagined modern British cuisine with elegance and fun. rest in peace Chef.’

 

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