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Chef Charlie Trotter passed away

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ChefTalk mourns the loss of one of the finest chefs Charlie Trotter. He truly changed the restaurant landscape in Chicago and mentored many famous top culinary chefs of the day. Our deepest sympathy to his family.

 

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78059825/

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While I have mixed feelings about Trotter, his food and his restaurant, he was a major driving force in the restaurant industry in the 1990's and early 2000's.  The food world lost a great innovator and helped prove to the world that a "star" chef did not need to lower his standards or open up restaurant after restaurant after restaurant to achieve fame.  For anyone coming up in the food business at this time he was role model and something that many of us aspired to.  HIs passing will be felt far and wide and my condolences go out to his family.

post #3 of 13

I’m saddened to hear of Chef Trotter’s passing.

I’m certain that someone in heaven is having a great meal tonight,

though we who are left behind will not have that luxury again.

post #4 of 13

I wonder what he died from.

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde

 

 

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post #5 of 13

What a shame.  Sad news.

post #6 of 13
Dammit....why is it that the good have to die so young? R.I.P Chef...and thank you.

joey

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I wonder what he died from.

I wonder too. He was awfully young. I have one of his books around, I should cook one of his dishes. 

post #8 of 13

RIP Charlie...

 

mimi

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Many years ago I dined at his restaurant with friends and it is always impressive to see such dedication to creating a perfect dining experience. In addition I also had the pleasure of cooking for and meeting Chef Trotter at a chefs dinner in Chicago many years ago. It is my belief that Charlie paved the way for much of the molecular gastronomy that you see today. While he wasn't cooking with liquid nitrogen he did take food in very new and exciting direction. 

 

No matter what you feel about Chef Trotter he truly did mentor hundreds of great chefs, took Chicago's food scene to a new level and was too young to leave this world. It should inspire us all that no matter what time you are given on this earth if you are focused and dedicated you can accomplish amazing things.

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post #10 of 13
@FF.......A brain aneurysm which i believe was the driving force behind him closing his restaurant last year. Makes it all even sadder, if that's possible. I understand the dying part, i get that. What i don't GET is the suffering. R.I.P Chef

joey

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“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde

 

 

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post #12 of 13

I understand he had just spoken at a chefs' conference out west, but had been warned by his physicians not to go (or at least, not to fly). When I read that, I immediately thought of embolism. However, he clearly knew the risks and couldn't help but teach one more time. That's hard to get out of your blood, very hard. His influence will continue for generations through everyone he's taught, through their students and apprentices, and through his books. Even more magically, if you ever ate his food, I bet you can still taste it on your palate.

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post #13 of 13

I believe brain anurism, which he knew he had. Great Guy, Great mentor to many, Great influence on culinary world. RIP CHEF

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