Gary Rhodes death: Chef pictured on sand dunes in last photo three hours before he died

Many chefs paid tribute to Gary on social media following his shock death, with James Martin writing on Twitter: “Hugely influential in my life and the life of the British food scene. Gent and genius…RIP Gary, I can’t believe you’re gone.”

Gordon Ramsay added: “We lost a fantastic chef today in Gary Rhodes. He was a chef who put British Cuisine on the map. Sending all the love and prayers to your wife and kids. You’ll be missed Gx.”

Jamie Oliver posted a photo of Gary on Instagram along with the caption: “Sadly Chef Gary Rhodes OBE passed away. My heart felt sympathies to his wife, kids, friends and family, sending love and thoughts…

“Gary was a fantastic chef and incredible ambassador for British cooking, he was a massive inspiration to me as a young chef. He reimagined British cuisine with elegance and fun. Rest in pease Chef.”