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Legendary Chicago chef Charlie Trotter dies

Posted by Kara Baskin  November 5, 2013 02:00 PM

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Chicago restaurateur and chef Charlie Trotter has died, reports the Chicago Tribune. Until last year, he ran an eponymous, award-winning restaurant in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood; in 2012, he won the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year award. The Tribune reports that the famed chef "was found unconscious and not breathing" at home and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Boston chefs have been expressing their shock and sorrow on social media. "One of my heroes. So sad to hear he is gone. I obsessed over his cooking when I was younger. Huge loss to our community," tweeted Alden & Harlow's Michael Scelfo. "Our thoughts & prayers go out to Charlie Trotter's family. His influence can be found in kitchens throughout the world. Rest in Peace," tweeted the staff at West Bridge. Trotter was 54.

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