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Trotter to close eponymous restaurant in Chicago

04 January 2012 by
Trotter to close eponymous restaurant in Chicago

Leading American chef Charlie Trotter is to close his eponymous restaurant in Chicago, after 25 years in business.

He will shut the award-winning 120-seat eaterie in August to embark on a world trip with his wife Rochelle and a master's degree in philosophy and political theory.

At one time, Trotter was the leading trendsetter in American cuisine with his introduction of frequently changing degustation menus, refined vegetables dishes and the chef's table in the kitchen. However, in recent years he has been overshadowed by the likes of Grant Achatz, a former protege, whose Alinea restaurant holds three Michelin stars to Trotter's two.

In 2010 Trotter's two restaurants in Las Vegas closed after just two years and plans to open restaurants in London, New York and Chicago's Elysian Hotel never materialised.

Two deals fell through in London including one with Aramark and another within a proposed development in Covent Garden backed by Eurythmics star Dave Stewart.

Trotter says that closing the restaurant is not a financial decision and will keep open his takeout shop, Trotter's To Go. He does not rule out opening another restaurant after completing his studies.

During the history of Charlie Trotter, the restaurant has won a plethora of accolades include 10 James Beard Foundation awards and the Best Restaurant in the World for Wine & Food in 1998 by the Wine Spectator. President Bush presented him with an award to celebrate his success in raising over $1m for the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation.

Trotter has written 14 cookbooks and three management books.

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By Janet Harmer

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