Charlie Trotter
American chef and restaurateur
Charlie Trotter
Charlie Trotter is a chef and restaurateur.
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Charlie Trotter alumni creating meals for United Airlines
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
United Airlines will create new meals by tapping the expertise of alumni of late celebrity chef Charlie Trotter, the carrier said Tuesday.
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Chicago's Most Jovial Chef: Guillermo Tellez of Tippling Hall
Huffington Post - about 2 years
I don't meet very many jovial chefs any more. I meet driven chefs, chefs that know the bottom line and how to meet the physical and mental demands of the restaurant business. They churn out beautiful and tasty dishes, don't get me wrong, but the restaurant business has changed and rare are the purely artisan chefs, driven only by the love for what they do. For this exact reason, I enjoyed filming Guillermo Tellez in the kitchen of Tippling Hall for the February 16th Dinner Party. In the videos below, you will see that Chef Tellez has a natural ease in the kitchen, creating and executing with child-like joy. A humble and unassuming Chef for sure, Tellez worked with Charlie Trotter for many years. In fact, in the opening scene of My Best Friend's Wedding filmed at the now closed Charlie Trotter's Restaurant, Tellez and Trotter move like frenetic, synchronized dancers together in the kitchen. But Chef Tellez won't tout his primo pedigree when you meet him. He is kind and funny, f ...
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Charlie Trotter's Lincoln Park home for sale for $2.695M
Chicago Tribune - about 3 years
The five-bedroom, 5,200-square-foot Lincoln Park mansion of the late celebrity chef Charlie Trotter and his wife was listed on Monday for $2.695 million.
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Autopsy: Chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke
News Briefs - over 3 years
A medical examiner says celebrity chef Charlie Trotter died from a stroke. Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina said in
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Trotter cause of death was stroke: medical examiner
Chicago Tribune - over 3 years
An autopsy has determined that famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter died of a stroke as a result of high blood pressure, the Cook County medical examiner's office revealed Monday.
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Veggie Queen: Executive Chef Heather Terhune
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Personally, I only eat meat if I know that it is humanely treated, and even then I keep it to the rare occasion. This means that I take my vegetables very seriously. The problem with being an almost vegetarian is that most chefs don't focus on the greenery as much as they focus on the meat and fish dishes. Vegetable dishes are therefore a side dish and after thought. Not so with Executive Chef of Sable Kitchen and Bar and 2011 Top Chef contestant, Heather Terhune. Chef Terhune puts as much energy into creative and sustainable vegetable dishes, as she does procuring meat from small, local farms and selecting fish that adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program standards. Needless to say, I am thrilled that she is the November 25th invited chef on The Dinner Party at City Winery. It was the Mini Wild Mushroom Veggie Burger that first attracted me to Chef Terhune's Sable, originally named after Chicago's first permanent resident Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. The tr ...
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Charlie Trotter: We Are Forever in Your Debt
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I did not know Charlie Trotter personally.  However, because he had mentored so many chefs who have been guests on The Dinner Party, I feel like I knew him.      My only run-in with Charlie went like this: We were seated at the kitchen table at the eponymous restaurant and Charlie walked up to one of the chefs cooking wildly and tasted what he was plating. "Do you have salt at your station?" he demanded.  The man nodded quickly in the affirmative. "Then use it!" he exclaimed.  I remember being awe-struck at the determination for excellence, at the passion that demanded that the food, every night, reach new heights.     That story has stayed with me since 2000, and I repeat it often.  It says so much about how one man, through sheer creative force and will, can change how a nation views food.  Charlie Trotter influenced and mentored so many and raised the culinary bar for restauranteurs all over the United States.  Before there was Homaro Cantu and before there was Curtis Duffy, ther ...
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Chicago pays tribute to famed chef Charlie Trotter
Yahoo News - over 3 years
CHICAGO (AP) — Acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter was remembered Monday for turning Chicago into an international culinary destination, mentoring countless aspiring chefs and even inviting the homeless into his restaurant's kitchen to sit and eat at one of the most famous tables in the world.
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Charlie Trotter death update: Wife says travel wasn't fatal
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Her statement doesn't match a police report, which says family said he should not fly Chef Charlie Trotter suffered a seizure in January as a result of an aneurysm and was on medication but had been cleared to travel, according to a statement from his wife that disputed reports that a weekend trip to a culinary conference in Wyoming contributed to her husband's death.     
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Charlie Trotter's wife: Death was not a result of weekend trip
Chicago Tribune - over 3 years
Rochelle Trotter said Friday her late husband, chef Charlie Trotter, had suffered a seizure in January as a result of an aneurysm, but he had been cleared to travel.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charlie Trotter
  • 2013
    Age 53
    On November 5, 2013, Trotter's son Dylan found him unconscious in his Lincoln Park home.
    More Details Hide Details Trotter was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Trotter died of a stroke. Former understudy Graham Elliot called Trotter a "mentor, trailblazer, philosopher, artist, teacher and leader." Coauthored
    On June 13, 2013, Trotter was sued by Bekim and Ilir Frrokaj, two wine-collecting brothers, who accused him of selling them a counterfeit magnum bottle of 1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti for $46,000, which he denied.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    In February 2010, Trotter married girlfriend Rochelle Smith, who later became his publicist.
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  • 2003
    Age 43
    The second, filed September 17, 2003 by former cook Beverly Kim, alleged that cooks were required to work unpaid overtime.
    More Details Hide Details This suit was settled in 2005, resulting in a liability of almost $700,000, though of this only about $300,000 was paid out, as many eligible former employees returned their share.
    Trotter was the subject of a number of lawsuits. In 2003 he was the subject of two class action lawsuits pertaining to the compensation of his employees and alleged violations of labor law, both front-of-the-house (service) and back-of-the-house (cooks).
    More Details Hide Details The first, filed by former waiter Kurt Sorensen, alleges that rather than receiving the tips they collected, waiters were paid from a restaurant-wide pool, and their share was significantly lower than the amount they had collected, in violation of minimum wage law. This suit was settled confidentially.
  • 2002
    Age 42
    Trotter also was unusual among celebrity chefs for his outspokenness in matters of ethics, most famously when he took foie gras off the menu in 2002 for ethical reasons.
    More Details Hide Details However, Trotter refused to be associated with the animal rights group Farm Sanctuary stating, "These people are idiots. Understand my position: I have nothing to do with a group like that. I think they're pathetic. … Some of their tactics are crude and uncivilized even."
  • 1999
    Age 39
    Trotter was the host of the 1999 PBS cooking show The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter, in which he details his recipes and cooking techniques.
    More Details Hide Details He likened cooking to an improvisational jazz session in that as two riffs will never be the same, so too with food. He also wrote 14 cookbooks and three management books, and promoted a line of organic and all-natural gourmet foods distributed nationally. Trotter was involved with his philanthropic Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation and other causes. He was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2005 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He invited groups of public high school students into his restaurant as part of his Excellence Program two to three times per week: after eating a meal, the students were told how the food was prepared and the motivations of those preparing it.
  • 1997
    Age 37
    Trotter made a cameo appearance in the 1997 film My Best Friend's Wedding, screaming at an assistant, "I will kill your whole family if you don't get this right!
    More Details Hide Details I need this perfect!" a parody of a stereotypical screaming angry chef.
  • 1986
    Age 26
    Trotter married his first wife, Lisa Ehrlich, on August 31, 1986. They met in 1981 at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lisa helped open the restaurant and served as its first dining room manager and wine director until the couple divorced in August 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Trotter's second marriage, to Lynn Thomas, produced a son, Dylan, who was 21 or 22 years old at his father's death.
  • 1982
    Age 22
    Trotter started cooking professionally in 1982 after earning a political science bachelor's degree from UW–Madison.
    More Details Hide Details For five years after college, he worked and studied in Chicago, San Francisco (at the California Culinary Academy), Florida and Europe. He is described as a self-taught chef. He opened his first restaurant in Chicago with his father, Bob Trotter, as his partner.
  • 1977
    Age 17
    Trotter was born in Wilmette, Illinois and graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois from 1977-1979, and then transferred to University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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  • 1959
    Born on September 8, 1959.
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