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Charlie Trotter

Trotter was born in Illinois, 8 September 1959 and was a Chicago based Chef, having a degree in political science but a more pressing passion for food he strived into the cooking industry in 1982. Trotter is also a restaurateur, television celebrity and an author. He is the founder of the cooking show Master Chef.

Charlie Trotter was best known for the multiple restaurants he owned, as well as writing 14 cookbooks and three management books.

At just 28 years old Trotter opened his eponymous Chicago restaurant in 1987, which for over two decades has been considered one of the finest dining establishments in not only the country, but also the world. His personal, modern interpretation of cuisine—one that increasingly blends Asian elements—set the bar for creative fine dining in America, paving the way for many of today's best restaurants and chefs. The restaurant has received countless accolades, including eight James Beard Awards, induction into the Relais & Châteaux, membership in Traditions & Qualite, and five stars from the Mobil Travel Guide.

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