Acclaimed Chef's Body Found Stuffed in Freezer

Ex-girlfriend charged after grisly discovery
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2010 2:50 AM CDT
French Chef's Body Found in Freezer
Poinard was fourth in line in one of France's great cooking dynasties," according to Lyon paper Le Progres.    (Poinard family)

One of France's most acclaimed chefs, missing for 2 years, was in the kitchen all along. The body of Jean-Francois Poinard, 71, was found stuffed into a freezer in an apartment in Lyon, CNN reports. Police made the discovery after the chef's ex-girlfriend spilled that "something unfortunate" had happened to Poinard on a drunken night out.

The woman's daughter informed police, who raided the apartment. The ex-girlfriend, 51, has been charged with hiding a body and may face further charges after Poinard's corpse thaws enough for an autopsy. Poinard owned several restaurants in Lyon in the '70s and '80s, and was hailed as one of the country's great names in gastronomy.
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