A Japanese chef identified for his restaurant in Paris has died of suicide, his household says.
Taku Sekine took his personal life on Monday after he was the goal of “false” sexual assault claims, an announcement from his relations mentioned.
His restaurant, Dersou, was named finest in France in 2016 by Fooding.
No official criticism had been made towards Sekine and he was not being investigated by police. He had denied the allegations.
Sekine, 39, educated with well-known French chef Alain Ducasse in Tokyo after which the Plaza Athénée in Paris.
He went on to open Dersou in 2016. It received “the best in France” by the Fooding information the identical 12 months. In 2019, he opened Asian fusion restaurant Cheval d’Or which additionally received an award.
According to AFP information company, the Atabula web site printed a protracted investigation in August into sexual abuse and harassment in prime French kitchens, saying that “a well-known Japanese chef” whom it didn’t identify “could be accused of rape”.
Sekine mentioned he would combat to clear his identify.
His household mentioned he had turn out to be “caught in a violent spiral of depression” after the allegations had been made towards him.
“This attack on his honour and his integrity was profound. In a depressive process identified and known to doctors, Taku Sekine lost sight of how he could get out of this surge,” the assertion mentioned.
Atabula defended its reporting within the aftermath of the chef’s dying.