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Remembering Charlie Trotter, pioneering Chicago chef

The chef of Charlie Trotter's, which was open for 25 years, had a wide ranging impact on Chicago's culinary community and influenced many other top chefs.

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Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter may have closed his eponymous restaurant in 2012, but the famed chef's legacy lives on through the many, many chefs around the city who worked under him over the years. Here, we take a look back at Trotter's cuisine and his influence on the Chicago dining community.


Charlie Trotter: a complicated chef with an enduring legacy

Trotter through the years.

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Chef Charlie Trotter has died

The famed chef was 54.

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13 restaurants helmed by Trotter alums

Trotter's influence reached all over Chicago.

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Charlie Trotter's closes after 25 years

Everyone has a Charlie Trotter story.

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The scene: Charlie Trotter's July 30, 8:08pm

One moment in a great restaurant.

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