‘World’s Best Chef’ Benoit Voilier dies at age 44
Renowned chef Benoit Voilier, whose restaurant was named the world’s best in 2015, has died by suicide at the age of 44.
The French-Swiss chef ran the three-Michelin starred Restaurant de l‘Hotel de Ville in Crissier, Switzerland which was named the best in the world by France’s prestigious La Liste in December.
Voilier was discovered in his home by Swiss police on Sunday who have now opened an investigation into his death.
“Late in the afternoon, police... went to Crissier where they discovered at his home the body of Mr Benoit Violier,” Swiss police said in a statement.
The chef was expected to attend the launch of the new Michelin guide in Paris on Monday.
Voilier was thrilled to be recognised at the leading restaurant in the world by La Liste last year, who ranked Restaurant de l‘Hotel de Ville on top of more than 1,000 restaurants in more than 48 countries internationally.
Speaking of the win at the time Benoit said: “It’s wonderful, it’s exceptional for us. This ranking will only motivate our team more.”
The French-born chef took over the restaurant with his wife Brigitte in 2012, and was named Chef of the Year in 2013 by the respected Gault & Millau guide.
The chef obtained Swiss citizenship two years ago, according to the Swedish Daily Blick.
Respected chefs internationally have paid tributes to Benoit on Twitter in the wake of his death.
Pierre Gagnaire, a Michelin-starred French chef said: "My thoughts go out to Benoit Violier's family. Very sad news about an extremely talented chef."
Chef Jean Francois Piege tweeted: "An immense chef, an immense sadness, thoughts go out to his family and his team."