Charlie Trotter

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I am grateful to have been affected by the passion and drive that was Charlie Trotter. As his sister Anne noted during the memorial service last year, Charlie felt that "If you are willing to work hard enough, no obstacle is too big to overcome."
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At the memorial service on Monday, there were at least 400 people and an estimated 50 of them were wearing white chef jackets.  The pastor likened eating with Charlie Trotter to the sacrament of breaking bread.
Charlie Trotter was the consummate chef. As a role model, mentor and great friend to so many of us chefs around the world, he will never be replaced. And for those of us lucky enough to eat at his tables, let's forever consider ourselves grateful.
Charlie would say, "More caviar! No we can't charge them for more, we just do it! That's what we do, the right thing. Anything less would not be enough, anything more and it would be too much."
Meanwhile, chefs such as Achatz - of award-winning Chicago restaurants Alinea and Next - became so avant-garde, Trotter's
Trotter's restaurant closed its doors in August 2012 and the site was listed on the market with a $3.8 million price tag