Chef’s body discovered in freezer two years after going missing

The body of one of France’s best-known chefs was discovered hidden in a freezer after his girlfriend revealed to her daughter that “something unfortunate” had happened to him, police said.

The frozen corpse of Jean-Francois Poinard, the retired restaurateur, was found by detectives at an apartment in Lyon, south-east France.

The body of the 71-year-old man – one of Lyon’s top chefs in the 1970s and 80s – is believed to have been concealed in the freezer for up to two years, officers said.

They made the discovery after Mr Poinard’s former girlfriend Guylene Collober, 51, told her daughter on a night out that “something unfortunate” had befallen her lover. The daughter informed police, who raided the apartment on Tuesday.

“A full post-mortem examination will be carried out to discover the precise cause of death.”

Mrs Collober had been taken into custody charged with hiding a body, but faced further charges depending on the findings of the autopsy, the spokesman said.

Lyon newspaper Le Progres described Mr Poinard as one of the city’s “great names” in gastronomy.

So, who’s been going to the freezer and taking out frozen snacks all this time?

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