The TV chef and Kent-raised restaurateur dines with Chairman Paul Scally and the club's coaching team

Chef, restaurateur and author Gary Rhodes today met the players and management of Gillingham Football Club during a visit to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

A guest of chairman Paul Scally, Rhodes shared his life lessons and business experience over lunch with manager Justin Edinburgh, assistant David Kerslake and his coaching team.

Rhodes was born in south London, but grew up in Kent and attended the nearby Howard School. He earned his first Michelin Star at the age of just 26, and has since opened restaurants in the UK and beyond.

He will return to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium to cheer on the Gills in Saturday’s fixture against Port Vale.

The club would like to thank Gary for visiting and passing on his highly-valued advice.

Gary Rhodes pictured alongside goalkeeping coach Ian Pledger, assistant manager David Kerslake, Head of Sports Science Adam Roche, first-team manager Justin Edinburgh, Gillingham chairman Paul Scally and first-team coach Steve Lovell