“Lemon Sponge to TV Chef

Gary Rhodes's Inspirational Journey

Career Path: Catering College > Junior Chef > Michelin Star (age 26) > TV Chef


“My first TV appearance was presenting a live ten-minute slot in 1987, an experience that was pretty nerve-racking "

My Story: My first culinary success was a traditional lemon sponge that I made for my family when I was 14. It was this that encouraged me to go to catering college.
Three years later, I was student of the year and soon found myself a job in Amsterdam as a junior chef. Not long after, however, I had a life-changing experience when I was hit by a tram and had to undergo brain surgery. Fortunately, I made a complete recovery, proposed to my college girlfriend and returned to England.
I received my first Michelin star aged only 26 and now run several restaurants and appear on TV.























Celebrity Chef

“As Michael Jordon once said "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it""

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