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A Tribute to Charlie Trotter’s 25-Year Legacy

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 6, 2012

Photo: Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune

Photo: Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune

With the New Year comes new hopes and wishes, and sometimes news; some news good and some bad. One piece of alarming news that came with this New Year was the closing of Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. With Charlie’s 25-year legacy coming to an end, naturally I knew I had to pay tribute to one of my greatest mentors to date. As we’ve heard, Charlie Trotter is closing his famed Chicago restaurant by choice in order to pursue a graduate degree and continue with his travels. The fact that a three star restaurant is closed solely for personal reasons and not economic after a 25-year reign, speak volumes for itself. While many restaurants close every year, very few close voluntarily or much less after such praise for its continuous tenure. Upon hearing the news, I wanted to point out what Charlie did not only for the American dining culture but what he accomplished as an individual throughout that same time span in celebration of his next career goals.

What can I say, besides that Chef Charlie Trotter is one of the most inspirational American chefs that I have ever encountered. Read More

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Congrats Charlie Trotter!

By admin | September 20, 2011

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I wanted to take a minute to give a big shout out to Chef Charlie Trotter in Chicago. After being in the food business for over 25 years, he still manages to stay on top of his game and proved so by receiving 4 stars from the Chicago Tribune. Congrats Charlie!

Charlie Trotter opened Charlie Trotter’s (Chicago) in 1987 with his father, Bob Trotter as his partner. The restaurant has been open for 25 years. What’s most inspiring about Charlie is that he never went to culinary school, and is completely self taught! Read More

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