Chef Charlie Trotter found dead this morning

The famed chef died at age 54.

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Charlie Trotter, the famed Chicago chef who closed his eponymous restaurant last year, was found dead this morning at home. The Chicago Tribune reported that "an ambulance was called to Trotter's home in the 1800 block of North Dayton Street at 10:45 a.m. and Trotter, 54, was found unconscious and not breathing, according to the friend and fire officials."


Trotter was a major influence on the Chicago restaurant world (Grant Achatz, Graham Elliot Bowles and others worked for him) and his loss is a huge one. In 2007, when Trotter's restaurant celebrated its 20th anniversary, former Restaurants & Bars editor David Tamarkin spent three days with the chef, and the piece he wrote explored Trotter's wide-reaching impact on the Chicago culinary scene and his personal ambitions as a chef.


There aren't many details yet about Trotter's death, but we'll update you with more as we have them.


UPDATED: Trotter alum Giuseppe Tentori, who now helms GT Fish & Oyster, tweeted plans for a candlelight vigil today at 4:30pm outside 816 W Armitage St, the former location of Charlie Trotter's.



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