Top chef Benoit Violier dies in apparent suicide at 44

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 Mr Violier was found dead in his home late on Sunday afternoon in the municipality of Crissier.

An investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances of the death, police said.

Mr 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.

The gastronomic guide is the French foreign ministry’s answer to the Britain-based World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Celebrating the win, Mr Violier said at the time: “It’s wonderful, it’s exceptional for us. This ranking will only motivate our team more.”

Police said an investigation had been opened into the death.

The statement added that Mr Violier’s family had asked for privacy.

Opened nearly 40 years ago, the restaurant offers menus ranging from 195 Swiss francs (€175) to 380 Swiss francs.

The Swiss news website 24 Heures said that Mr Violier had been due to attend the launch of the new Michelin guide in Paris yesterday.

His death comes only months after that of Philippe Rochat, his mentor and predecessor at the Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville, who fell ill while cycling.

Having worked at the restaurant since 1996, Mr Violier took it over along with his wife Brigitte in 2012.


Lifestyle

I’m giggling but also it is tinged with tension. I peep out from behind the large sycamore. They are three trees away.Opening Lines: I’m just a bearded wheezing giggly man on the ground

I did my Leaving Cert in June and have just started college this week, so my school experience is extremely fresh in my memory. I went to Davis College in Mallow and it was a fantastic experience. I was the loud obnoxious child at the back of the classroom from day one. I had to (and still do, by the way) have an opinion on everything.Stand up and be counted : The Young Offender's Demi Isaac Oviawe on college and school life

When I was in secondary school I started working part-time as a waitress and I suppose I caught the hospitality bug back then.You've been served: General manager at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Caitriona O’Keeffe

That an American study has found straight women prefer dad bods (“an untoned and slightly plump male physique, especially one that is considered attractive”) to six packs and hard shiny abs comes as no great surprise.Outside the Box: Tone down guys, us girls don’t mind moobs

More From The Irish Examiner