PARIS (TheBlaze/AP) — Swiss police say 3-star chef Benoit Violier, whose restaurant near Lausanne recently topped a list of the world’s best, has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. He was 44.
Police said in a statement that Violier was found dead in his home late Sunday afternoon in the municipality of Crissier. An investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances of the death, police said.
Violier’s establishment, the Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville in Crissier, served dishes such as saddle of Pyrenean young lamb and crispy Landes duck foie gras. Last year it was ranked first on a French government-sponsored list of the world’s top 1,000 restaurants.
“I feel a heavy responsibility to be named number one,” Violer told the New York Times in an interview last month.
Violer attributed his success to consistency. The three-star chef took the opportunity to applaud his team, including Louis Villeneuve, his maître d’hôtel who had been in that post for four decades, according to the Times.