CHICAGO — Famed Chicago chef, Charlie Trotter, has died. He was 54.
“We are incredibly shocked and deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Charlie at our home in Lincoln Park. He was much loved, and words cannot describe how much he will be missed. Charlie was a trailblazer and introduced people to a new way of dining when he opened Charlie Trotter’s. His impact upon American cuisine and the culinary world at large will always be remembered. We thank you so much for your kind words, love and support,” his wife was quoted as saying by The Huffington Post on behalf of the Trotter family.
The self-taught chef ran successful restaurants, earned 10 James Beard Awards, wrote 10 cookbooks, and, in 1999, hosted the public television series The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter.
He closed his namesake 120-seat restaurant in 2012 to pursue the study of philosophy. According to news reports, Trotter may have died from a brain aneurism, but the autopsy is scheduled for today. He is survived by his wife, Rochelle Trotter, and 21-year-old son, Dylan.