Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali and Other Star Chefs Remember Charlie Trotter
PHOTO: Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter is seen during an interview with The Associated Press at his restaurant in Chicago, Aug. 28, 2012.

(Photo credit: Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP Photo)

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."

Rest In Peace Charlie Trotter. A giant. A legend. Treated shabbily by a world he helped create. My thoughts go out to those who loved him.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) November 5, 2013

The Charlie Trotter I'd like to remember: Happy. And in love.

— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) November 5, 2013

So sad to wake up on this gray Tokyo morning and learn that Charlie Trotter is no longer with us. He was an important American chef.

— ruthreichl (@ruthreichl) November 5, 2013

Charlie Trotter was a visionary; one who exemplified what a young American chef could do to influence a generation. He'll be greatly missed

— Thomas Keller (@Chef_Keller) November 5, 2013

Sorry to hear of the passing of Chef Charlie Trotter. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

— Tom Colicchio (@tomcolicchio) November 5, 2013

Crazy sad news about Trotter. His first book changed my life. #pioneer #gamechanger

— RichardBlais (@RichardBlais) November 5, 2013

Trotter had famous temperament, stern stubbornness but if you knew him he was all about vision and leadership and technique. #sadday

— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) November 5, 2013

" @andrewzimmern: All our love and prayers to Rochelle… Her husbands passing is heartbreaking. #charlietrotter"

— Mario Batali (@Mariobatali) November 5, 2013

Very sad day in the chef community #charlietrotter influence on young American chef was tremendous and inspiring .he will be missed greatly

— Daniel Boulud (@DanielBoulud) November 5, 2013

RIP Charlie Trotter…you changed the way Americans dine

— michael symon (@chefsymon) November 5, 2013

Charlie trotter….sad.

— Dave Chang (@davidchang) November 5, 2013

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