Charlie Trotter, one of the best-known chefs in America, died Tuesday (Nov. 5) in Chicago.
The 54-year-old Trotter was found unconscious at his home Tuesday morning and pronounced dead at a hospital shortly afterward. No cause of death was given.
Trotter opened his eponymous restaurant in Chicago in 1987 and quickly became well-known locally for his outstanding food and exacting standards in the kitchen. National acclaim and awards soon followed; he and his restaurant won several James Beard Awards, and Charlie Trotter’s made numerous lists of the best restaurants in the United States and the world before closing in 2012. He also had restaurants in Las Vegas and Los Cabos, Mexico.
He also hosted a PBS cooking series, “The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter,” and had a cameo as a chef in the 1997 movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” Trotter wrote or co-wrote 14 cookbooks
Charlie Trotter’s was also the training ground for a number of younger chefs, among them Grant Achatz, Homaro Cantu and “Masterchef” judge Graham Elliot.