The food world has been reacting with shock to the news that Charlie Trotter, a famous Chicago chef, has died of as-yet-unknown causes at the age of 54.
Trotter closed his eponymous restaurant in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood just last year after 25 years. The much-lauded restaurant has held two Michelin stars and was known for its very exacting, precise fine dining and regularly changing menu.
When I was working as a chef in the late 1980’s, I often heard about Charlie Trotter’s, which had established itself as the kind of destination restaurant people planned trips around — a first for Chicago. Trotter, not yet 30 when he opened the restaurant, was famously self taught.
If there are any Atlanta chefs who worked with Trotter or diners who recall meals at his restaurant, we would appreciate your comments below.
- by John Kessler for the Food & More blog