The culinary world woke to the shocking news today that the famous French-Swiss chef Benoît Violier was found dead inside his home in Switzerland with police on the scene reporting an apparent suicide.
A chef very much at the top of his career, Violier held three Michelin stars at the Restaurant de l’Hotel de Ville in Crissier - one of only three restaurants in Switzerland to achieve the highest accolade from Michelin. He also voted The World’s Best Chef by La Liste in 2015 and picked as Chef of the Year in 2013 by the influential Gault & Millau guide.
At just 44-years-old, Violier’s career spanned decades with a 16-year mentorship under the great Swiss chef Philippe Rochat (who died last year).
Admiration for the chef and his work was expressed online by many of the greats who had worked alongside him, including Pierre Gagnaire and Paul Bocuse.
Mes pensées vont à la famille de Benoît Violier. Une bien triste nouvelle pour un chef extrêmement talentueux...
— Pierre Gagnaire (@PierreGagnaire) January 31, 2016
Tweet Gagnaire - “My thoughts go out to Benoit Violier’s family. Very sad news about an extremely talented chef".
Grand chef, grand homme, gigantesque talent. Toutes nos pensées vont vers la famille et les proches de Benoit Violier.
— Paul Bocuse (@PaulBocuse) January 31, 2016
Tweet Bocuse - "Great chef, great man, huge talent. All our thoughts go to the family and the people close to him".
Fine Dining Lovers were lucky to spend a day with Voilier back in 2012 where the chef invited us into the kitchen and explained the almost orchestral philosophy behind his work. It seems a fitting tribute to once again highlight this video and the wonderful work of a chef who will be sadly mourned