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.
In this Dec.17, 2015 file photo, French Swiss Chef Benoit Violier of the restaurant Hotel de Ville in Crissier, Switzerland, poses with his trophy for the best restaurant of the World during the award ceremony of "La Liste" (The List) at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris. Swiss police say Monday, Feb.1, 2016 that 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. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
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.