Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali and Other Star Chefs Remember Charlie Trotter

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Renowned chef Charlie Trotter died at the age of 54, leaving his culinary colleagues bereft. Famous for his focus and detail-oriented nature, Trotter ran an award-winning eponymous restaurant in Chicago until last summer, when it closed. "Charlie's personality mirrored his cooking - bold, inventive and always memorable," Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel told the AP. "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." Below are several celebrity chefs' tributes to Trotter, who, despite never going to culinary school, won 10 James Beard Awards and hosted a PBS Series, "The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter."

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