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Gary Rhodes was born in South London and brought up in Gillingham, Kent. He started cooking at 14 when his mother went back to work and then trained at Thanet Technical College in Broadstairs, Kent, where he won awards as both Student and Chef of the Year. His first job was as Commis Chef at the Amsterdam Hilton. Gary's cookery CV includes Sous Chef at the Reform Club, Pall Mall and the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge. At just 26 years old he was Head Chef at the Castle Hotel in Somerset where he retained the Michelin Star.

In 1990, Gary joined the Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair, London, as Head Chef establishing his reputation for great British classics such as faggots, fish cakes, oxtails, and bread and butter pudding. He won a Michelin Star there in January 1996.

Gary's first TV series, RHODES AROUND BRITAIN, was broadcast in May 1994 on BBC 2 and was accompanied by his book of the same name. He was later voted Television Food and Wine Personality of the Year by BBC Good Food Magazine and Sunday Express readers. More...