Chef Charlie Trotter dead at 54

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Famed Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter has died, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Officials say Trotter was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition Tuesday morning.


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The 54-year old later died at the hospital.

We’re also learning that police are expecting to stage a death investigation at Trotter’s house.

Trotter was one of the first so-called celebrity chefs in Chicago, opening his self-titled restaurant in Lincoln Park in 1987.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement following news of Trotter’s death:

“Charlie Trotter changed Chicago’s restaurant scene forever and played a leading role in elevating the city to the culinary capital it is today.  Charlie’s personality mirrored his cooking – bold, inventive and always memorable.  Charlie Trotter will be remembered for serving the finest food and his generous philanthropy, and he will always have a seat at the table among Chicago’s legendary figures.”

Celebrity chefs took to Twitter to express their condolences:

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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