Trotter was a self-taught pioneer of American cuisine and mentored many of the best chefs, including Grant Achatz and Graham Elliot Bowles. “Charlie was an extreme father figure to me when it came to not just cooking, but life, and seeing things in a different way,” chef Graham Elliot Bowles told the Chicago Tribune. Over the past decade, the chef struggled to expand to new restaurants. He opened one in Las Vegas and another in Mexico, but they eventually closed. Plans to open a restaurant in New York City never panned out.
His death, the cause of which is currently unknown, comes as a jarring loss to the country’s food community.
Here are only a few of his beautiful dishes to remember.
6. Olive Oil–Poached Turnip
With trumpet royale mushrooms, Yukon Gold potato, and red cabbage vinaigrette.
7. Green Garlic Gnocchi
Served with celery and preserved mustard.
10. Bleeding Heart “Ravioli”
With cashew cheese, heirloom tomatoes, tiny breakfast radishes, and mustard vinaigrette.
12. Braised Veal Cheek and Tongue
13. Ahi Tuna Hot Dog
15. Candied Kumquats
Served with allspice streusel, yogurt gelato, and caramelized white chocolate.
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