Death of Marcel Keff at 63: the former starred chef committed suicide in his restaurant

Death of Marcel Keff at 63: the former starred chef committed suicide in his restaurant

Violet Field inEntertainmentFeb 24, 2021 3 min read2 views

The inhabitants of Zoufftgen are in shock. The cook Marcel Keff committed suicide at the age of 63 in his restaurant La Lorraine, one of the most famous in the region. His lifeless body was found on the morning of Tuesday, February 23.

© Youtube Death of Marcel Keff at 63: the former starred chef committed suicide in his restaurant

The inhabitants of Zoufftgen are in shock. The cook Marcel Keff committed suicide at the age of 63 in his restaurant La Lorraine, one of the most famous in the region. His lifeless body was found on the morning of Tuesday, February 23.

The news comes as a shock to all cooking enthusiasts. On the morning of Tuesday February 23 , the lifeless body of Marcel Keff was found in Zoufftgen, a town located close to Luxembourg. The former starred chef of the restaurant La Lorraine would have committed the irreparable and would have killed himself in the family establishment at the age of 63 . Information confirmed by the mayor of the city with France Bleu Lorraine . In 2017, the restaurateur, who had announced his retirement, had given the orders for the northern Moselle restaurant to his son Lucien. But this transfer of power had been heavily sanctioned by the Michelin Guide which, at the beginning of 2020, had withdrawn a star from the establishment. A shock for the whole family and especially for Marcel Keff, who had devoted his whole life to the success of his restaurant. Since then, he had continued to help his son, but the latter had told him of his weariness and his desire to turn the page. Another blow for the deceased, who probably could not imagine losing the company in which he had invested so much.

Marcel Keff was an autodidact

Coming from a family of restaurateurs, Marcel Keff was trained at the Strasbourg Hotel School in 1973. But he himself described himself as "self-taught". Indeed before taking over La Lorraine with his wife Christine, in 1980, he had not worked in any large house . This had not, however, prevented him from making his restaurant one of the most famous in the region, appreciated for its local cuisine. A talent officially recognized in 2006 , when he inherited his first star in the Michelin Guide . Two years later, in 2008, he obtained a second from the Bottin gourmand.

When his son Lucien had told him about his intention to become a cook, Marcel Keff had completely reorganized his house. Determined to entrust him with the reins of the establishment, he had even undertaken a series of works . Lucien, had been trained at the hotel school in Metz, before completing his training with great chefs such as Marc Veyrat or Alain Ducasse. When he joined his father behind the stove, La Lorraine was immediately enriched by the talent of both father and son. But like all restaurateurs, sanitary measures suddenly cut off their momentum.