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Gary Rhodes is appointed Honorary Fellow

29 January 2007

Masterchef, Gary Rhodes, was appointed an Honorary Fellow by Canterbury Christ Church University on Friday 26th January 2007 at the University’s graduation ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral.

Gary Rhodes
Gary Rhodes

Gary Rhodes, who is well-known as an ambassador for British cuisine, said: “I feel very proud to be recognised in this manner by the University.  Having lived, been schooled and studied further education in Kent, it is an honour to receive such a prestigious award for my involvement within the culinary world.”

The University’s former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Bounds, was also awarded the title of Honorary Fellow at the University’s second graduation ceremony on Saturday 27th January 2007.

Professor Bounds, who retired from the University as Deputy Vice Chancellor after 28 years of service, said: “When I arrived at Christ Church in 1977, it was a small specialist college consisting of 650 students.  Twenty-eight years later, the University has developed into an innovative and diverse institution, made up of more than 14,000 students with a national reputation in some fields.  It has been wonderful to be associated with Canterbury Christ Church University and I am delighted to be welcomed into its Honorary Fellowship.”

Seven hundred and ten Canterbury Christ Church University graduates, from the Faculties of Education and Health and Social Care, graduated at the graduation ceremonies on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January.

Canterbury Christ Church University’s Pro-Chancellor, the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Stephen Venner, and Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Wright, congratulated the new graduates.

Professor Wright said: “Our new graduates are important to Canterbury Christ Church because they have contributed to the University and will continue doing so in their work or further study.  I hope that the University has helped them to develop the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by whatever path they follow.  I wish them congratulations on their achievement and the very best good fortune for the future.”

If you would like a photograph of Gary Rhodes, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Media Relations Officer, Claire Robinson, on 01227 782391.

Notes to Editor

Gary Rhodes

Born in South London in 1960, Gary spent most of his childhood years in Gillingham.  He began experimenting in the kitchen as a teenager by preparing family meals.  After training at Thanet Technical College, Gary expanded his techniques in Europe and his first job was as commis chef at the Amsterdam Hilton.

Gary became the sous chef at the Reform Club, Pall Mall, and then the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge.  Eventually he became Head Chef at the Castle Hotel in Taunton and retained the hotel’s Michelin Star, at just 26 years of age.

By 1990, when he joined the Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair as Head Chef, his reputation as one of the UK’s leading culinary masters was well established.  Nobody was too surprised when, in 1996, he won the fir Michelin Star for the Greenhouse.  In 1997, he opened ‘City Rhodes’ and a year later came ‘Rhodes in the Square.’  Both were awarded Michelin Stars.

1999 saw Gary take a slight change of direction away from the London-based fine dining establishments into the more widely affordable and easily accessible brasseries of Rhodes & Co in Manchester, Edinburgh and Crawley.

Well-known as an ambassador for British cuisine, Gary has achieved what no other chef has previously managed to do: he has re-introduced the nation to its rich gastronomic heritage and uncovered a culinary culture to rival that of any other country in the world.

Professor Chris Bounds

Chris Bounds was born in Eastbourne and educated at its grammar school.  At Oxford he gained BA and D Phil degrees in Physics.  After five years teaching at the College of Wooster, Ohio, he moved to Manchester Grammar School and completed an M Ed at Manchester University.

In 1977, he joined Christ Church as a lecturer in both Science and Education.  The College then had about 650 students, almost all preparing for teaching.  From 1980 to 1988, he was head of the Science Department, and also contributed to the development of Masters Degrees in Education and of the PhD programme.

In 1988, Dr Bounds entered Senior Management as Dean of Studies, later becoming Assistant Principal (Academic) and, in 2002, Vice Principal.  He had oversight of a range of activities, including Registry and Admissions for most of the period, and Academic Quality and Standards for all of it.  He also had responsibility for relations with partner institutions and oversaw the merger with the College of Guidance Studies.  For a significant period he was responsible for Information Services.

In 1999, Dr Bounds was awarded the title of Professor, and remains involved with the research degree programme.  He became the first Deputy Vice Chancellor when the institution achieved University title, and retired in December 2005.

Professor Bounds enjoys a wide range of music and the arts, and serves as a steward at the Cathedral.  He takes delight in the contribution to the locality and the nation that the growth of Canterbury Christ Church University has made, and seeks to promote knowledge of its history.


Claire Robinson, Media Relations Officer,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782391,

David Cutts, External Relations Assistant,
Canterbury Christ Church University,
01227 782826,

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