'World's Best Chef' Kills Himself

Benoit Violier won top award in December
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2016 1:54 AM CST
Updated Feb 1, 2016 6:00 AM CST
Benoit Violier is seen prior to an awards ceremony in Paris on Dec. 17, 2015.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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(Newser) – Acclaim apparently didn't equal happiness for top chef Benoit Violier. Police say the 44-year-old head chef at Switzerland's Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville has taken his own life just six weeks after the establishment was named the best in the world by France's influential La Liste rankings, the BBC reports.

Le Figaro reports that police say Violier apparently shot himself at his home in Crissier, Switzerland, where his body was found on Sunday afternoon. The BBC notes that Violier, a hunter who was renowned for his game meat dishes, had worked at the restaurant since 1996 and took it over with his wife, Brigitte, in 2012. (Read more suicide stories.)

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