Gary Rhodes OBE


Gary Rhodes is an expert in British Cuisine and established, celebrity chef. After being in the industry for an impressive 35 years, tireless attention to detail and unique mastery of the Great British Classics, truly sets him apart. Winning him a constellation of Michelin stars, Rhodes is consistently revered by his peers as truly ‘The Chef’s Chef‘.

As an ambassador for British cuisine, Gary has achieve what no other chef has previously managed to do; he reintroduced Britain to its very own rich gastronomic heritage and uncovered a culinary culture to rival that of any other country in the world.

When Rhodes was a teenager, he began experimenting in the kitchen and preparing family meals when his mother was at work. After three years training at Thanet Technical College, Rhodes realised that he would need to travel if he was to expand his techniques and fully advance his career. At the time that Rhodes realised this, Europe was producing the best hotel chefs and cuisine, it had ever seen.

Rhodes landed his first professional job as a commis chef at the Amsterdam Hilton. Rhodes began to experiment with nouvelle cuisine and started to challenge preconceptions of food preparation – a key part in any chefs career. Tasting the first sign of success, Rhodes went on to become the sous chef at London’s Reform Club in the exclusive part of the capital; Pall Mall. From this, Rhodes got a job as Brian Turner’s sous chef at the Michelin starred Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge.

After two successful years at the Capital, Rhodes moved to the Whitehall in Essex as Head and within the next year, another great opportunity arose – the chance to take over from Chris Oakes at The Castle Hotel in Taunton, Somerset. It was here that Gary really started to make a name for himself, retaining the hotel’s Michelin Star at the young age of just 26.

It was during his time at the Castle that Gary developed the passion for British food that was to set the course for a hugely successful career and, ultimately, it was where he discovered his talent for taking traditional dishes and refining them into new modern British classics.

By 1990, when he joined The Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair as Head Chef, Gary’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading culinary masters was well established. With free rein to explore British cuisine, Gary embarked upon a gastronomic journey of discovery, reinventing and rejuvenating old favourites to create new and incredibly exciting food.

To book Gary Rhodes as the celebrity chef for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.