"I feel a heavy responsibility to be named number one,” Violier told the New York Times shortly after his restaurant's achievement.
The French-Swiss chef's alleged suicide is not the first documented case of a world-famous chef taking his own life, either, as Violier's death has drawn immediate comparisons to the suicide of Bernard Loiseau, who shot and killed himself in 2003 after losing points in the Gault&Millau guide and amid speculation he'd lose one of his Michelin stars. In fact, Loiseau's restaurant, Relais Bernard Loiseau, lost that third star this week, to which his widow expressed "shock."
The deaths of these two chefs cannot be immediately linked, but they bring to light the intense pressure on chefs, both in running their businesses and in the anxiety leading up to their ratings from various outlets. While stars such as Gordon Ramsay gain fame from their verbal abuses, in 2014, a collection of French chefs aligned to "'lift the lid on the law of silence' over physical violence, sexual harassment and hazing prevalent in some of the country's finest eateries," according to a report by The Telegraph.