He was one of the best chefs in the world: in his three-star restaurant in the Switzerland, Benoît Violier enchanted gourmets from all over the world. Now the 44-year old was found dead.
The Michelin-starred chef Benoît Violier is dead. The Frenchman was found dead in his home, police said the Swiss. Investigations had been initiated. Everything indicates a suicide.
Only a few weeks ago Violiers three-star restaurant had been named restaurant de l ‘ Hotel de Ville in Crissier near Lausanne from an influential organization to the best restaurant in the world.
Violier had declared in his award by the French “list” in December: “it’s wonderful for us. This ranking will increase our motivation.” The ranking “La list” is the response of the French Foreign Ministry on the British ranking “world’s 50 best restaurants”.
Colleagues from around the world mourned the Violiers death. Among other things, the French chef Paul Bocuse wrote “A great man, a great Cook, a gigantic talent”. “All our thoughts are with the family and those who were close to Benoît Violier.
Violier took over the restaurant in Crissier 2012 together with his wife Brigitte. He had borrowed from his mentor, the celebrity chef Philippe Rochat. Rochat died last year.