Chef Charlie Trotter was found dead at the age of 54 years-old. His family issued a statement expressing sorrow at the shocking death of the acclaimed chef and asking for privacy “as we work through this difficult time.”
Trotter was the host of the 1999 PBS cooking show The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter. Throughout his career hewrote 14 cookbooks and three management books, and promoted a line of organic and all-natural gourmet foods distributed nationally.
The renowned Chef was involved with his philanthropic Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation and other causes. He was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award in 2005 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Often known as the Chef who put Chicago on the food map, Trotter earned two stars when the highly respected Michelin Guide made its debut in the windy city.