Chef Humberto Dominguez, the ambassador of gastronomic culture in Guatemala, was found fatally shot on Tuesday south of this capital, police said.
The body of the chef was found along a dirt road near the town of Villa Canales, blindfolded and with one bullet wound in the back of his neck, the National Police, or PNC, said.
Dominguez, 54, and named in 2012 to be the ambassador of the country’s gastronomic culture by the Guatemalan Tourism Institute, was the owner of Kakao restaurant, which specialized in traditional Guatemalan food.
Restaurant spokesman Angel de Leon said in remarks to reporters that Dominguez left work at the restaurant like normal on Monday night.
The chef, who was born in the southern province of Santa Rosa, graduated as a chef in Japan.
In 2010, he won the Ceiba de Oro business prize for his contribution to Guatemalan gastronomy.
Dominguez also regularly participated in radio and television programs with cooking themes.