Famed Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter has died, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Officials say Trotter was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition Tuesday morning. Chicago Tribune photo TheĀ 

I don't think it made him very happy to know that he had a condition that would incapacitate him in some way, said his sommelier, Larry Stone. He never wanted anything to interfere with his craft.

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 

With a culinary style he likened to improvisational jazz, Charlie Trotter changed the way Americans view fine dining, pushing himself, his staff, his food, and even his diners to limits rarely seen in an American restaurant.

More so than any top chef in town, Charlie Trotter was a local hero. Trotter, who died Tuesday morning at age 54, was the most influential Chicago chef of his day. Other giants came before him: Jean Banchet, whose Le Francais restaurant in Wheeling was 


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