Charlie Trotter: Food world mourns shocking death

The shocking death of famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter brought out fond remembrances from the food world as news of the 54-year-old’s passing spread nationwide.

Trotter had recently closed his eponymous Chicago restaurant and had announced he planned to travel for the immediate future.

Anthony Bourdain wrote: “Rest In Peace Charlie Trotter. A giant. A legend. Treated shabbily by a world he helped create. My thoughts go out to those who loved him.”

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“Holy sadness, my dear pal and comrade @charlietrotter has died. May he RIP , he will be sorely missed. #shocked” Mario Batali posted on Twitter.

Daniel Boulud wrote: “Very sad day in the chef community #charlietrotter influence on young American chef was tremendous and inspiring .he will be missed greatly.”

The French Laundry restaurant account posted: “Sad day... We lost a great chef. Thoughts & prayers to Chef Trotter’s family & friends. #Legend #Pioneer #RIP”

PHOTOS: Charlie Trotter, famed chef

Food Network star Andrew Zimmern tweeted: “Trotter had famous temperament, stern stubbornness but if you knew him he was all about vision and leadership and technique.”

Alice Waters tweeted: “Just heard the tragic news of Charlie Trotter’s passing. The food world has lost someone truly special.”

“Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio tweeted “Sorry to hear of the passing of Chef Charlie Trotter. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Chicago chef Graham Elliot tweeted: “CHARLIE TROTTER: chef, mentor, trailblazer, philosopher, artist, teacher, leader. He now belongs to the ages.”

Novelist and wine writer Jay McInerney wrote: “Reeling at news of Charlie Trotter’s death. A brilliant, complicated but incredibly generous guy, a good friend and a great American chef.”

And chef José Andrés posted: “#CharlieTrotter lets celebrate his amazing contribution to America and the world. He was a genuine person.Today heaven will eat better....”


Charlie Trotter dead at 54

PHOTOS: Charlie Trotter, famed Chicago chef

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