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Cornwall chef: 'Gary Rhodes gave me my first job'

Cornwall chef: 'Gary Rhodes gave me my first job'

Published by Emma Carton at 8:26am 28th November 2019.

A Cornwall chef has revealed that Gary Rhodes offered him his first job.

The 59-year-old has died after falling ill during a break from filming his new series.

Paul Ainsworth, who set up Number Six in Padstow, has called him a 'true genius'.

He posted an emotional tribute on Instagram, admitting he struggled to find the words.

He explained that when Gary offered him the job in London, he put him up for three months so he could afford to take it!

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I have written this out a few times, but the words just didn’t seem to do justice on my respect and love for this man. Anyone who knows me well, will know I always talk about Chef with the upmost respect. This was where it all began for me. I have so many stories and memories. 1998 I was just finishing college. My lecturer, the late, great Martin Nash was god father to Gary’s children. Gary called Martin and asked if any students were finishing up and if they would want a job at his brand new restaurant ‘Rhodes in the Square.’ Martin asked me and I jumped at the chance. I drove up to London and met Gary, he was the first celebrity I had ever met and I remember being so over whelmed by his hair. He was immaculate, he offered me a Job and that was great, but the struggle for me, was London rent and deposit. “Chef I said, I don’t have that sort of money saved up for accommodation!” Gary said “here’s what I’ll do, I will put you up in Dolphin square hotel for 3 months free of charge and you save all your wages up for your digs.” So that’s what I did and that’s how I started out in London at 19 years old. Now I realise I was also in the presence of a true genius and pioneer. This mans vision and knowledge of British Gastronomy was like nothing else. His mastery of simplicity was unsurpassed. I will forever be lucky to know I got to cook with him and call him boss and mentor. Rest in peace chef and thank you for everything. 🙏🏾❤️ The other pictures are the only ones I had and it was my last day at Rhodes In The Square. Which was Christmas Day. He invited my parents and sister for Christmas Day lunch. He then came out and told my parents how proud he was of me and that going to work for Gordon was as good as it gets and that it would be finishing school for me. Xx

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"I have written this out a few times, but the words just didn't seem to do justice on my respect and love for this man. 

"Anyone who knows me well, will know I always talk about Chef with the upmost respect. This was where it all began for me. I have so many stories and memories. 

"1998 I was just finishing college. My lecturer, the late, great Martin Nash was god father to Gary's children. Gary called Martin and asked if any students were finishing up and if they would want a job at his brand new restaurant 'Rhodes in the Square.' 

"Martin asked me and I jumped at the chance. I drove up to London and met Gary, he was the first celebrity I had ever met and I remember being so over whelmed by his hair. He was immaculate. 

"He offered me a Job and that was great, but the struggle for me was London rent and deposit. "Chef I said, I don't have that sort of money saved up for accommodation!" 

"Gary said "here's what I'll do, I will put you up in Dolphin square hotel for 3 months free of charge and you save all your wages up for your digs". So that's what I did and that's how I started out in London at 19 years old. 

"Now I realise I was also in the presence of a true genius and pioneer. 

"This man's vision and knowledge of British Gastronomy was like nothing else. His mastery of simplicity was unsurpassed. I will forever be lucky to know I got to cook with him and call him boss and mentor. 

"Rest in peace chef and thank you for everything".

Paul Ainsworth

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