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Wine Spectator: Charlie Trotter Dies at 54

November 6, 2013

Charlie Trotter, the cerebral, passionate chef who owned and operated what was for many years America’s best restaurant, died Nov. 5 in his hometown of Chicago. He was 54.

A Chicago Fire Department spokesman said that rescue crews were called to Trotter’s Lincoln Park home at 10 a.m. A neighbor told reporters that the chef’s son Dylan found him unconscious and not breathing. An ambulance crew transported Trotter to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died after unsuccessful attempts to revive him.

“Charlie was a visionary, an unbelievable chef who brought American cuisine to new heights,” said fellow chef and friend Emeril Lagasse. “We have lost a tremendous human being and an incredible chef and restaurateur. It’s a very sad day and my heart goes out to Charlie’s family.” For the full story in Wine Spectator, click here.

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