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'World’s Best Chef' Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

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 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.

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.

A chef recently named "Best in the World" has been found dead in his Swiss home.

Benoit Violier headed the Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville in Crissier in Lausanne, Switzerland, which had earned a coveted three Michelin stars and topped a list of the world’s best 1,000 restaurants published by the French government.

According to the BBC, Violier was found shot late Sunday in his home in Crissier, Switzerland, in an apparent suicide.

Police said they were planning an investigation into Violier’s death.

The highly regarded Michelin Guide to restaurants tweeted that Violier has “immense talent.”

Violier was known to be a avid hunter, and his menus often featured game. Lunches at his restaurant cost nearly $200, while a dinner could run as high as $375.

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