GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) – Authorities say a former Greenwich, Conn., restaurateur who gained local fame for his fancy cakes and pastries has died in a car fire in Virginia.

Police say 64-year-old Maurice Jean Clos-Versailles died Dec. 11 in Gordonsville, Va., where he had been living since 2006. He was 64.

Clos-Versailles moved from France to Greenwich in 1980 to open Versailles Restaurant, which became well-known for its pastries, tarts, and Yule logs known as Bouche de Noels.

He moved to Virginia two years ago to run a farm that supplied organic vegetables and beef to local restaurants.

Authorities found a liquid petroleum gas cylinder in Clos-Versailles’ vehicle, and are investigating whether it might have exploded and caused the fire. It has been deemed accidental.


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