Gary is one of Britains most famous chefs, carving out a successful career including becoming the Head Chef of the Castle Hotel in Taunton, where he successfully retained the hotel's Michelin star at the age of just 26. He built on this success by moving to the Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair where he transformed the menu, bringing British classic dishes to the fore, and winning another Michelin star. His first television appearance came in 1987 on the show "Hot Chefs", which led to his signature show, "Rhodes Around Britain", and became as famous for his spiky hair as for his cooking skills. Since then he has become a well known face on the UKTV Food channel, and has can also be seen on the ITV1 show, "Saturday Cooks".

Gary was awarded the OBE in 2006, and his career as a restauranteur has flourished, with seven different restaurants worldwide, including London, Grenada, Dublin, the UAE as well two restaurants aboard cruise liners.

Partnered with professional dancer Karen Hardy, Gary competed in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing. Gary's first dance in the competition was a Cha Cha Cha, which proved that not everyone has dance talent and included a very odd move which no-one could decide what it was, with suggestions ranging from piano playing to pasta making! The judges were fairly unanimous in their criticism, although Arlene, Len and Bruno's 5's and 6's were extremely generous in light of a 1 from Craig. Despite being bottom of the leader board, the British public's love of an underdog, saw Gary & Karen safe for another week. Unfortunately for them, it was to be a second latin dance, this time the Jive, which despite showing some improvement and a 3 from Craig, was still the worst dance of the night, and left them in the dance-off, with the judges deciding not to save them and they finished the competition in fourteenth place out of sixteen couples.


Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores Total
1 Cha Cha Cha Hippy, Hippy Shake 1 5 6 5 17
3 Jive Lipstick, Powder and Paint 3 4 6 5 18


Week 1 - Cha Cha Cha


Week 3 - Jive