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A Great Chef, a Better Man

By Marcus Samuelsson | November 7, 2013

Charlie Trotter (1959-20130
Charlie Trotter (1959-20130

Charlie Trotter (1959-2013)

I met Charlie Trotter before I actually saw him in person; I was 24 when I first opened the pages of Charlie’s cookbook Charlie Trotter’s and was greeted by a man I would know and admire for the next 20 years. The first words Charlie spoke to me, through that book, belonged to Fydor Dostoevsky: “To lose courage is to sin… work, ever more work, con amore, therein lies real happiness.” The next words were his own: “It’s all about excellence, or at least working towards excellence. Early on in your approach to cooking — or to running a restaurant — you must determine if you are willing to commit fully and completely to the idea of the pursuit of excellence.” These words have guided me ever since. Read More

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