Sunday Photo – In Memorium – Chef Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter on stage at StarChefs ICC 2009 along with his good friends, Norman VanAken and Emeril Lagasse. Clark Wolf moderated, while David Bouley prepared his demo in the background.

Charlie Trotter on stage at StarChefs ICC 2009 along with his good friends, Norman VanAken and Emeril Lagasse. Clark Wolf moderated, while David Bouley prepared his demo in the background.

I had met him on several occasions, but can’t say that I knew him. I certainly knew who he was, but I doubt that he had any clue as to who I was. We were the same age, though I am slightly older. I had eaten at his restaurant just once and had a delicious meal. Charlie Trotter was an icon, one of the first superstar chefs and one of the most successful of American chefs to this day. Starting in the 1980’s and continuing almost to the day it closed, his restaurant was synonymous with creativity and the best of the best. Known as a tough taskmaster, his restaurant produced many of today’s best American chefs, including a number of personal favorites. Though his direct influence on American gastronomy had waned in recent years, indirectly his influence lives on in those who he trained – people like Matthias Merges, Justin Cogley, John Shields, Karen Urie Shields, Homaro Cantu, Ben Roche, Giuseppe Tentori, Shawn Gawle and more. He died way too young and with many things that he wanted to do left undone. R.I.P. Chef Trotter.

Chef Charlie Trotter being interviewed at StarChefs ICC on September 20th, 2009

Chef Charlie Trotter being interviewed at StarChefs ICC on September 20th, 2009



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