I wanted to take a minute to give a big shout out to Chef Charlie Trotter in Chicago. After being in the food business for over 25 years, he still manages to stay on top of his game and proved so by receivingÂ 4 stars from the Chicago Tribune.Â Congrats Charlie!
Charlie Trotter opened Charlie Trotter's (Chicago) in 1987 with his father, Bob Trotter as his partner. The restaurant has been open for 25 years. What's most inspiring about Charlie is that he never went to culinary school, and is completely self taught!
Beyond his numerous culinary ventures, Chef Trotter hasÂ philanthropic ties to many charities. Most close to his heart is the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation. Since its inception in 1999 the foundation has raised over $1,000,000 to award to individuals seeking careers in the culinary arts.Â In 2005, Chef Trotter was also awarded the Humanitarian of the Year award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for his overall service to the community.
You are truly a role model for chefs like me. Keep doing what you do!