Restaurant Icon Charlie Trotter Dies at 54

Restaurant Icon Charlie Trotter Dies at 54
Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter, one of Chicago’s most well-known chefs, died Tuesday at the age of 54.

On Tuesday night, a vigil was held to remember Trotter outside his now-closed Lincoln Park restaurant.

With lit candles in hand, members of Chicago’s culinary scene, came to Trotter’s now-closed Lincoln Park restaurant to remember a chef who put Chicago on the restaurant map. They worked for him, they were influenced by him and they all say Charlie Trotter changed them.

“He took us places to places that we didn’t think he could take us, he was the man of excellence ,” said Art Smith, celebrity chef.

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