Remembering Chef Charlie Trotter, Chicago Fine-Dining Visionary

“In January, Charlie was treated for a seizure as a result of an aneurysm, which was discovered at that time,” Rochelle Trotter said in a statement Friday morning. “His doctors prescribed the proper medication to control seizures, his blood pressure and high cholesterol, and he was seen by a number of medical experts, who cleared him to travel.

“He returned home from his most recent trip Monday night without incident.  The autopsy indicates that his travel is not connected to his death.” Rochelle Trotter said, in an interview with LA Times.

SpoonFed: Via NPR

For decades, Charlie Trotter’s name was synonymous with cutting-edge cuisine. His Chicago restaurant was regarded as one of the finest in the world — a stellar accomplishment for the self-taught chef, who died Tuesday at age 54.

Trotter earned a college degree in political science, but as he told NPR last year, he decided cooking was his calling, so he studied cookbooks, visited fine restaurants abroad, catered small parties at home and started working for prominent chefs.

“My motive was nothing more [than] to learn how to cook and explore the interesting components of the food and wine world,” Trotter told Talk of the Nation‘s John Donvan. “I never had an agenda.”

But Trotter said he did want to elevate American cooking. And in 1987, with the help of his father, he opened his own restaurant. He took the novel step of putting a table for guests in the kitchen. [...] read more

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